These copycat Olive Garden Breadsticks are insanely delicious! You can still have an unlimited number of breadsticks fresh, buttery and garlicky, only these taste better!
Make it an Olive Garden night at home and add these incredible copycat recipes for a complete meal. Try salad, gnocchi or alfredo pasta for a delicious restaurant-style meal from the comfort of your home.
Olive Garden Breadsticks
Olive Garden has to be high on any family-friendly and family-friendly restaurant list. The food is divine, it fills you up and everyone can get what they want. We may not always agree on what we all want for the main course, but we can all agree on the endless basket of breadsticks. Because these Olive Garden Grissini are so delicious, I decided to make them myself. And I think these copycat breadsticks taste even better than the ones from the restaurant. Now all I need is an extra cook in the kitchen to have an endless supply when we eat!
These Olive Garden Breadsticks are really simple. And just like the imitation olive garden dressing, these taste even better from the ground up. Don't be put off by working with yeast, I have all the advantages and disadvantages for you to get perfectly fluffy on the inside and crispy on the outside. If the chewy, tender texture isn't enough, I'll dazzle your taste buds with a butter spice that's out of this world! These copycat Olive Garden Grissini will become your family recipe from now on!
Ingredients for Olive Garden Breadsticks
Similar to most breadsticks, this dough is very easy to assemble and make. Most of the ingredients are right in your pantry!
- Warm water: Keep the temperature between 95 and 115 degrees for optimal fermentation.
- Dry yeast: This is different from instant yeast.
- Granulated sugar: Feeds the yeast.
- Extra virgin olive oil: Classic flavor for breadsticks.
- salt: Required for taste and balance.
- Flour: All-purpose or unbleached flour will work.
Apply garlic butter
Take your copycat Olive Garden Grissini to the next level with this garlic butter. It's a simple combination that melts together quickly!
- Melted unsalted butter: Using unsalted ensures that it is not too salty.
- salt: The classic piece of saltiness you find on the original.
- Garlic powder: That nice garlic taste that isn't too overwhelming.
- Fresh parsley: Hacked, optional
How to make homemade bread sticks
So delicious, so easy and done in no time! These Olive Garden Grissini are a family favorite every time.
- Activate yeast: Mix the water, yeast, and sugar in the bowl of a blender. Let stand foamy for 5 minutes.
- Add the rest: Add olive oil, salt and flour. Beat with the dough hook for 6-8 minutes on medium to low speed until smooth. Transfer to an oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Let rise for about an hour until the size doubles.
- Preparation: Preheat oven to 425.
- Shape: Punch out the dough and place on a lightly floured surface. Cut into 12 even servings, about 2 ounces each. Roll out in 8-9 inch logs and place on a baking sheet. Let rest for 10-15 minutes.
- Make butter Spice: While the batter is resting, mix together the garlic butter: melted butter, garlic powder, salt, and parsley.
- Baking and brushing: Bake for 12-15 minutes until golden brown. Brush with garlic butter immediately.
Tips and variations for bread sticks
This recipe is very similar to my quick and easy batter recipe so I know you can make it and everyone will be impressed.
- Yeast: There is a difference between Instant and Active Dry Yeast, but whichever one you have, you prove both of them. From a technical point of view, you do not have to detect instant yeast, it does not require “activation” like active yeast. But I still like to "activate" my moment. That way I know if the yeast is good or not. If your yeast doesn't bubble and rise after 10 minutes, throw it away. It is no longer good.
- Sugar: The sugar is supposed to feed the yeast, don't worry, it won't make your breadsticks taste sweet at all.
- Garlic: If you want a stronger garlic flavor, finely chop fresh garlic and stir it into the melted butter. You can spread the garlic butter on the bread stick before and after baking.
- Spices: Garlic and salt are the classic Olive Garden flavors, but you can mix them up. Use a teaspoon or two of Italian seasoning or ranch seasoning instead.
- Cutie pie: Turn these hearty breadsticks into a dessert by mixing the cinnamon and sugar into the melted butter and spreading on top to make a cinnamon bread stick.
- Double and Store: If I were you, I'd probably double that amount of breadsticks. You're so addicting you want the extras trust me. And if you have leftovers, store them in a plastic bag at room temperature for 3 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months. Heat the leftovers in foil in the oven until they are warm and tender on the inside.
What to Serve with Copycat Olive Garden Breadsticks
These breadsticks not only serve with olive garden-like favorites like slow cooker Pasta e Fagioli and Creamy Zuppa Toscana, but are also great for dipping. Find a favorite sauce and dive in, everyone loves a great dip.
More copycat favorites
Making restaurant favorites at home is one of the best things ever. You know exactly what's in the food you serve your family and friends, and it always tastes better from the ground up. Plus, by creating your own copycat recipes, you can customize them to suit your family's preferences. Add a bit more seasoning or take out something that not everyone particularly likes. You can take a favorite and make it your own. You can never go out and eat again! Try some of these time-tested favorite copycat recipes today. And that is just the beginning.
- Mix the water, yeast, and sugar in a bowl or blender. Let stand foamy for 5 minutes.
- Add olive oil, salt and flour. Beat with the dough hook for 6-8 minutes at medium speed until smooth. Transfer to an oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Let rise for about an hour until the size doubles.
Preheat oven to 425.
- Punch out the dough and place it on a lightly floured surface. Cut into 12 even servings, about 2 ounces each. Roll out in 8-9 inch logs and place on a baking sheet. Let rest for 10-15 minutes.
While the batter is resting, mix together the garlic butter: melted butter, garlic powder, salt, and parsley.
- Bake for 12-15 minutes until golden brown. Brush with garlic butter immediately.
Calories224kcal (11%)carbohydrates30thG (10%)protein4thG (8th%)fat10G (fifteen%)Saturated fat4thG (20%)Trans fat1Gcholesterolfifteenmg (5%)sodium391mg (16%)potassium51mg (1%)Fiber1G (4%)sugar2G (2%)Vitamin A.203IU (4%)vitamin C1mg (1%)calcium9mg (1%)iron2mg (11%)
All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Every recipe and nutritional value depends on the brands, measuring methods and serving sizes used per household.
kitchen Italian, Italian American
keyword Copycat Olive Garden Grissini, Olive Garden Grissini