If you love the Olive Garden's breadsticks as much as I do, you need to make these right now! They are soooo good!
Do you want to know the very best thing about them? They are super easy to make! No need for a mixer, and they're ready in about an hour.
We have made these quite a few times in the last year. I tried them once without the garlic, just for a change and they were still very good. However, my family has voted they like the garlic ones best.
2 1/2 tsp rapid rise yeast
2 TBS sugar
1 1/2 cups warm water
4 1/4 cups flour
2 1/2 tsp salt
4 TBS butter or margarine, melted
1/2 cup butter (8 TBS), melted
1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 - 1 tsp salt
oregano (I just sprinkled some in)
In a large bowl, dissolve yeast and sugar in warm water. Let sit until frothy, about 5 minutes.
Add flour and salt to yeast mixure, stir. Add melted butter and knead with hands until well combined. Add a little flour if dough is too sticky. Do not over-knead.
Oil palms and divide the dough into 16 pieces. (I just break dough in half, then keep dividing in halves until I have about 16 fairly similar-sized balls.)
Roll dough into long strips. Place on cookie sheets lined with parchment paper. Cover and let sit in a warm place until breadsticks rise slightly, about 45 minutes.
Preheat oven to 400 F. Bake for about 6 minutes.
Meanwhile, combine topping ingredients in a small bowl.
Remove breadsticks after 6 minutes, brush with topping mixture. Continue to bake an additional 5-6 minutes, or until golden. (Watch closely.)
Remove from oven and brush with more topping mixture.