Olive Garden Breadsticks copycat recipe by Todd Wilbur
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Olive Garden Breadsticks

Score: 4.38. Votes: 8
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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 Olive Garden breadstick recipe 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 homemade Olive Garden breadstick recipe. Also check out our Olive Garden Italian salad dressing 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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Jennifer Hampton
May 20, 2020, 12:23

A great recipe. Bread sticks came out very soft with just the right flavor. I baked them till they started turning golden brown on top, which for me was 9 minutes and they were done well. I made my own garlic salt for the topping (granulated garlic, kosher salt, and onion powder). I measured exactly 2 ounces for each piece of dough and it made 14 sticks that were the perfect size. While similar to Olive garden, I much prefer these over the restaurant's.

Shane Sharma
Dec 19, 2018, 12:43

I definitely recommend this recipe if you just want some fluffy, lightly flavoured, simple breadsticks. I tried multiple times to make breadsticks similar to this before, but they never turned out right. Using this recipe, I was finally able to make soft, proper sticks!

I'm Todd Wilbur,
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For 30 years I've been deconstructing America's most iconic brand-name foods to make the best original clone recipes for you to use at home. Welcome to my lab.

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