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Olive Garden Breadsticks

By Todd Wilbur


Score: 4.17. Votes: 6
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Anyone who loves Olive Garden is probably also a big fan of the bottomless basket of warm, garlicky breadsticks served before each meal at the huge Italian casual chain. My guess is that the breadsticks are proofed, and then sent to each restaurant where they are baked until golden brown, brushed with butter and sprinkled with garlic salt. Getting the bread just right for a good clone was tricky—I tried several different amounts of yeast in all-purpose flour, but then settled on bread flour to give these breadsticks the same chewy bite as the originals. The two-stage rising process is also a crucial step in this much requested Top Secret Recipe.

Source: Top Secret Restaurant Recipes 3 by Todd Wilbur.

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  • 1 cup plus 1 tablespoon warm water (105 to 115 degrees F)
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
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John Farmer
Jan 5, 2014, 23:00

I read a recent review where it was said, "We love these breadsticks! In fact, we don't enjoy eating them at Olive Garden anymore. They just don't compare to these." I agree whole heartedly! Since it's usually just my wife and me I halve the recipe. I have made them numerous times and each time they come out perfect!

Mary Swenson
Oct 19, 2013, 22:00

This recipe didn't even come close to the orginal breadsticks at Olive Garden. I may use the recipe again, but with quite a few alterations.