You know how when you eat an Olive Garden breadstick or 12, you're like, "Wow, I never knew the meaning of family until this exact moment?"
Visiting the overcrowded Olive Garden in NYC's Times Square would be a devastating blow to my overall well-being, so I decided to see if there were any good copycat recipes for those famous b-sticks I could make at home, safe from tourists who are ravenous after a trip to the M&M store.
When I saw this Genius Kitchen recipe that's ready in 31 minutes (plus 45 minutes of ~dough resting~), I was like, "Sounds fake, but OK" and immediately committed to investigating this dupe that was BIG if true.
Following the recipe was pretty straightforward — let the yeast get foamy in water, combine the ingredients, mix it into a slightly sticky dough, knead.
The part I wasn't as familiar with was forming the dough into uniform breadstick shapes and letting them rest on baking sheets for 45 minutes.
So, did these breadsticks turn out to be a believable dupe for Olive Garden's? As the Italians say, "Buon giorno!" That's all I really know in Italian, but yes! They were pretty damn close!
With this recipe, all you need is a giant bowl of salad and a waiter named Kevin with questionable facial hair and BOOM, you'll have an Olive Garden right in your own home.
I'll be testing lots of great dupes in the coming weeks. Let me know your favorites in the comments! 👀