I made DIY Olive Garden breadsticks -- and they tasted better than the original

Olive garden breadsticksWikimedia CommonsWho doesn’t love Olive Garden breadsticks?

I will always love going to Olive Garden for its famous breadsticks.

If I had my druthers, I would eat these god-sent appetizers all the time, but since I don’t have a Never Ending Pasta Pass at my disposal, I decided to save some money and make my own.

Turns out, there are a lot of DIY Olive Garden breadsticks copycat recipes, but all of them are very involved. Take this Food Network recipe for example — it takes nearly 2 hours of preparation and cooking time, requires a stand mixer (which can cost over $US200), and involves active yeast.

I’m sure those breadsticks taste amazing, but I wanted my snack ASAP.

After a little more research, I finally had a recipe I was ready to try — and it turned out even better than Olive Garden’s.

Here’s how I did it:

First, I bought some pizza dough, flour, unsalted butter, and garlic salt.

I looked around for Pillsbury’s Breadsticks, but couldn’t find any at my local grocery store. After a little research, I went with frozen pizza dough as a decent alternative.

After the dough spent a few hours dethawing, I sprinkled it — and my hands — with some flour and broke off small bits to lightly roll into a breadstick-esque shape.

I tried to keep them around six or seven inches long, but mine certainly weren’t as perfect as Olive Garden’s.

I alternated them on a baking sheet and heated up one tablespoon of butter. Using a little brush I had bought at Bed Bath & Beyond on a whim, I lightly brushed my pizza dough sticks with the butter.

Then I threw them in the oven for 12 minutes, checking on them periodically. I let mine get a little darker than Olive Garden’s breadsticks since I love a good crunch.

I took them out and re-buttered them with another tablespoon of butter. Then I sprinkled them with garlic salt and let that seep into the dough.

I might be biased, but my finished product tasted better than Olive Garden’s.

I was worried the pizza dough would just taste like dense crust, but thanks to the butter and the garlic salt, it was fantastic. It helps that I was in charge of how much butter and garlic salt went on my breadsticks (a lot) rather than Olive Garden.

In the future, I might give Pillsbury Breadsticks a try since that would save me even more time, but if you’re in a pinch, pizza dough works just as well and tastes amazing.

Eat this with marinara sauce and thank me later.

Recipe (modified from the Budget Savvy Diva):

  • 1 pizza dough ball (I found mine in the frozen foods section)
  • 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon of flour
  • 2 tablespoons of garlic salt (to taste)

Time: 20 minutes

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Let your pizza dough ball thaw and rise before dusting it (and your hands) lightly with flour. Break off chunks of dough and shape them into 6-7 inch sticks.
  • Space out your sticks on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and brush with 1 tablespoon of melted butter.
  • Bake until golden brown (baking times will vary, check your pizza dough package — mine took roughly 12 minutes).
  • Take out breadsticks and brush with remaining 1 tablespoon of melted butter. Sprinkle garlic salt on top of butter (to taste) and let cool. Eat and enjoy!

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