I first ate these soft, fluffy, garlic bread sticks with a steaming hot bowl of beef stew. Just thinking of the dinner at Ashlees house warms my heart. Why does comfort food do that to you? The smell of homemade bread, chicken noodle soup, mac n cheese….you can help but become nostalgic. A testament to how powerful food can be in our lives right?
SO, while my bread sticks are rising right now, I am going to share this recipe with you. These bread sticks are simple and fast. I love to add them as a side to soups, salads and PASTA! Adds an extra element of yum and satifaction to the meal. And best is that they really are easy and fast. Give them a try :)
The dough is simple and fast to whip up. The key to making a great soft fluffy bread dough is to not have it be too sticky OR too dry. You want to add flour till it just starts to pull away from the sides. Once it does that let it rest in the bowl for 10 minutes and rise.
Roll the dough out so its about an1/2-1 inch thick in a rectangle. Using a pizza cutter slice those bad boys up! On a sheet pan you will want to pour some melted butter and spread it all over. Dip the dough both sides in the butter and let rise for another 20 minutes.
The Breadsticks Toppings
The salty garlicky crusty topping is probably the most important part to these breadsticks, aside from their warm fluffiness. You will need:
- Coarse Sea Salt – my personal favorite is Redmonds RealSalt. It’s not only the best salty flavor (trust me, we’ve done taste tests) but it also has over 60 minerals that are amazing for you. It’s the only pink sea salt in the mined in the US.
- Garlic salt- Redmonds also has an incredible garlic salt. Might as well pick that up too.
- Parsley Flakes
- 1 1/2 cups of warm water
- 3 cups flour (about)
- 1 T yeast
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 T sugar
- In bowl mix warm water and yeast. Make sure yeast is good by letting it sit for a couple minutes and rise.
- Add sugar and salt. Start mixing and add flour till it is smooth and elastic.
- Let rise for 10 minutes in the bowl.
- Melt 1 cube of butter and pour in edged cookie sheet.
- Roll dough out in rectangle about the same size as the cookie sheet. Cut in 1"x4" strips using a pizza cutter. Roll in the butter, and then place back on cookie sheet.
- Sprinkle with your favorite toppings such as: garlic salt, parmesan, parsley flakes, italian seasonings, seasoning salts.
- Let rise for 15-20 minutes more on the pan and then bake at 350 deg for about 20 minutes. Until the edges are just starting to turn a beautiful golden brown.