Last week I found out a friend of mine needed some extra lovin’ from her friends. It was 4 o’clock on a Sunday, so I couldn’t go to the store. There was no time to make her a dinner, and not all women want a dessert. (I am NOT one of those women. BRING ME SWEETS!) I thought a good delicious loaf of bread would be good, but there was no time! Then I remembered a breadsticks recipe I have for the most delicious garlicky breadsticks EVER!
Breadsticks go with everything so I quickly whipped up a batch.
Within an hour, I was delivering a piping hot plate of delicious breadsticks. My friend texted me later and said her eyes were rolling into the back of her head with every bite. That’s a good thing, right?!
I love that this recipe is fast and easy. There’s no kneading and rolling. You don’t have to put them on the counter top to roll out or anything. I also love how flavorful they are. And breadsticks are so diverse, they go with soup, spagetti, casserole, whatever! They’d be a great addition to any party. I could go on, but let’s just get to the recipe, eh?
The full recipe is below, but I’ll walk you through it so you can see some of my tricks. Because, you know, this breadsticks recipe is really hard. (Insert sarcasm.)
In a Kitchen Aid or other mixer with a dough hook, add yeast, sugar, salt and warm water. Add the flour and knead for 3 minutes. Let rest for 10 minutes.
Spray a cookie sheet with nonstick spray. I use my old cookie sheet that has cut marks in it because you’ll be cutting the dough into sticks right there in the cookie sheet! No more kneading or rolling out dough into individual breadsticks. Plop the dough into the middle of the cookie sheet.
I sprinkle it with a little flour so it doesn’t stick to my hands as I press it flat. Using your fingers and the heel of your palm to press the dough out evenly, pushing into the corners of the pan.
Using a pizza cutter, cut the dough into 8 or 9 strips lengthwise. Then cut them in half crosswise.
You can customize how the breadsticks are cut depending on how big or small you want them.
Pour the melted butter over the top. Make sure every breadstick gets a little. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese (Yes, the powder kind works great!), garlic powder and parsley. I love using parsley because it adds such a gorgeous color to the breadsticks.
Let it the breadsticks rise for another 10 – 15 minutes. Ok, confession time. When I made these last night, I completely forgot to let them rise the second time. And you know what? They still turned out ok. So, if you’re in a pinch, I hereby give you permission to shorten or skip the second rise. Bake at 375 for 15 – 20 minutes.
Pull them out when they look like this:
All golden and delicious. See? Don’t you love what the parsley does the look of these? Can we get a close up of those seasonings?!
Ahhh, my mouth is watering. Probably because I know how good these are. Serve immediately. These are the best warm! If you serve leftovers, heat them in the microwave for 10 seconds.
I made a batch of these last night. There were 16 breadsticks to start out with, and I wrapped up only 3 leftovers. That’s 13 breadsticks eaten by 2 adults and 2 small children. Each kid ate two. That’s nine breadsticks between the two adults.
Ahem. I won’t tell you which one of us ate five. It may or may not have been me. But whatever.
Try this recipe tonight. You’ll be thanking me later. Or cursing me. 🙂
- 1 TBSP Yeast
- 2 TBSP Sugar
- 1/2 TSP Salt
- 1 1/2 Cup warm water
- 3 Cups flour
- 1/2 Cup melted butter
- Parmesan cheese
- Garlic powder
- Dried Parsley
- Mix yeast, sugar, salt and warm water in mixer. Add flour and mix/knead with dough hook for 3 minutes. Let rest for 10 minutes. Press into a greased large cookie sheet. Cut into strips with a pizza cutter. Spread melted butter on dough. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese, garlic powder and dried parsley. Let rise 10 - 15 minutes. Bake at 375 for 15 - 20 minutes, until breadsticks are golden. Serve immediately.
What’s your favorite go-to side dish? If your friend needed some TLC, what dish would you have taken?