Garlic Butter Breadsticks

I’ve always loved bread.   I used to consider bread my favorite food.  I also enjoy making bread (until it sticks to the counter and makes a huge mess).  I made these breadsticks when I made four cheese ravioli, but I’m sure they would be good with any Italian dish.

Garlic Butter Breadsticks

– 1 packet yeast

– 2 cups very warm water

– ¼ cup sugar

– 3 cups flour

– 1 stick butter, melted

– 1 tsp garlic powder

– 1 tablespoon salt

– 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan

– 2 tablespoons fresh chopped parsley

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. Add the warm water to a large, glass bowl. Sprinkle the yeast on top, then the sugar. Stir slightly and allow to sit for 15 minutes (the mixture in the bowl should be foamy).

Stir the flour into the mixture one half cup at a time, adding just enough to make the mixture soft, pliable and not too sticky, but not so floured that it becomes a heavy hunk. Knead it until the dough becomes elastic.

Pull a round of dough into your hands (about the size of a small apple) and roll out into a thick rope (breadstick shape). Place on a baking sheet that has been covered with parchment paper.

Once all dough has been rolled out, you can bake immediately or allow to rise 15-30 minutes for a more fluffy breadstick.

Place breadsticks in the preheated oven, allow them to cook for 5 minutes, then turn up the heat to 400 degrees and bake them until golden brown, about 7-10 minutes more.

As soon as you remove your breadsticks from the oven, mix together melted butter, sea salt, and grated Parmesan. Drizzle over hot breadsticks. Sprinkle with fresh chopped parsley and serve immediately.



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