YES. I am on such a "homemade"
kick this summer. I've made coffee concentrate, homemade yogurt (I'm still tweaking the consistency, but once I've perfected it I'll write a blog post), and even a version of Boursin cheese. The texture wasn't the same (Boursin is more crumbly, this was smoother), but man-o-man was it delicious on crackers. When I stumbled upon a recipe for Olive Garden breadsticks on Pinterest (are any of you guys there? Come find me, and we can follow one another!), I knew I had to give them a try.
Now, I know there may be some of you that are thinking "Olive Garden! Pshh. That's not real Italian food. How. Dare. You." I am great lover of fine food. When I go on vacation, my favorite part is trying new restaurants. I have eaten in some pretty swanky joints, let me tell you. Know what else I like to do? Eat Olive Garden breadsticks. You can't tell me they're not delicious, authentic Italian or not.
aaand fresh from the oven!
I must say, they turned out very well. The texture was pretty spot on, even if I shaped them to be a little thick (note to self: dough rises and expands.) Next time I will follow Sandra's advice and cut back on the salt. They turned out a little browner on top than I wanted them to, but they were still soft rather than crunchy. Over all, I'd say this recipe is a definite keeper. I've made OG salad dressing and stuffed mushrooms, have the recipe for their Mozzarella Fonduta (YUUMMM), and now, their famous breadsticks. Those are pretty much my 4 favorite things on their menu. I may never set food in an Olive Garden again. Thank you, Sandra of Full Bellies, Happy Kids!