Saturday, February 18, 2012

Easy Copycat Breadsticks

The question is, which restaurant are they copycatting? I'll leave that up to you to decide. Word around the internet is Olive Garden, but David and I think they are much more like Pat and Oscar's. If you're from anywhere other than Southern California, you probably won't recognize Pat and Oscar's, but their breadsticks are CA famous! In fact, they are my absolute favorite breadsticks, hands down. These are very similar- they are fresh baked, chewy with a crisp edge and have the perfect amount of butter, salt and garlic. They need to rise for about 45 minutes, so start them before the rest of dinner, then pop them in the oven right before you're about to sit down to eat. Enjoy!!



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Easy Copycat Breadsticks
inspired by various recipes from around the internet

Ingredients:

Sticks:

4 cups unbleached white flour, plus more for kneading
2.5 teaspoons salt
2 tablespoons white sugar
1.5 cups very warm water
2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast (equal to one packet)
2 tablespoons butter, melted

Garlic Butter:

1/2 cup butter, melted
1.5 teaspoons garlic powder
1.5 teaspoons sea salt

Directions:

If you live in a cold climate, turn your oven to 200°F. Turn it off once it has pre-heated.
Mix the sugar and yeast in the water. Allow to sit for 5 minutes. Combine flour and salt, then add to the yeast mixture. Add the melted butter and mix.
Remove dough from bowl onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 2 minutes, adding more flour by the tablespoon until the dough is stretchy and no longer sticking to your hands.
Roll out into a log, then cut into 12 equal portions. Roll each portion into the size of stick you desire, about 8-10 inches long. Place 6 of them on a baking sheet and place in the warm oven. Allow to rise for 30 minutes. Remove from oven, then pre-heat to 400°.
While the oven is pre-heating, combine the melted butter, garlic powder and sea salt. (don't brush them yet!)
Bake sticks for 5-7 minutes, until they are nearly done, then remove from the oven and brush with the garlic butter. Bake for an additional 2-4 minutes. Remove to a cooling rack and resist the urge to bite the edge off of a burning hot bread stick. (it hurts!) Serve with your favorite Italian dish and salad and enjoy!!

PS. basket & liner can be found here.


2 comments:

Ricky said...

I no longer live near Pat & Oscar's, and for years I have just pined for their breadsticks. This recipe comes very close. Delicious! Thank you, I will be making these often.

Ricky said...

I no longer live near Pat & Oscar's, and for years I have just pined for their breadsticks. This recipe comes very close. Delicious! Thank you, I will be making these often.