These are literally the best garlic bread sticks I’ve ever made. Scratch that. They’re the best any kind of bread stick I’ve ever made. No joke.
So, I’d seen my friend and neighbor Michelle rising butter basted bread sticks on her counter one evening when I picked up my boy after school. Michelle and I carpool – I drive to the bus stop in the morning and she picks the kids up in the afternoon. Then I just have to run up the road five miles to her house to get my boy instead of the nine it is to the bus stop.
Anyway… back to the bread sticks.
Like I said, they were rising on her counter in all their buttery glory, and I was intrigued. So I asked her about them. She informed me that they were “Michelle’s Bread Sticks” (not her Michelle, but another Michelle) and that they were one hundred percent delicious.
Being the great neighbor she is, Michelle sent me home with the recipe, which I tried the very next time we had lasagna, putting my spin on it of course. Tweaking recipes is kind of my thing. I just can’t leave them alone. Anyway, the results were as I said – the best garlic bread sticks I’ve ever made. But don’t take my word for it. Try them yourself, and let me know what you think. 😉
Don’t forget the rules of food safety! Here is the short list:
- Always wash your hands before and after handling raw meat.
- Never thaw meat on the counter – instead thaw in the refrigerator, microwave or cool water bath.
- Always wash cutting boards and plates after having been in contact with raw meat.
- Always cook to appropriate internal temperatures. Safe internal temperatures vary based on cut. Hamburger must reach a safe and savory 160 degrees, while steak is safe at 145 degrees.
Seriously the best bread sticks I’ve ever made.
1 tablespoon yeast
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1 1/2 cups warm water
8 tablespoons butter (1 stick), divided
3 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
2 cloves garlic, pressed
Pour the yeast and sugar into the warm water, give it a gentle stir, and let stand for 10(ish) minutes.
Meanwhile, melt 6 tablespoons of the butter. Pour the melted butter it into a 9×13 cake pan or baking dish with sides.
In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the flour and salt. Pour in the yeast mixture and mix with the dough hook or paddle for 8 minutes. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and gently knead for a couple of minutes.
Divide the dough into 9 equal pieces. Roll each piece on the counter or in your hands into a dough stick. Place the dough stick into the prepared cake pan or baking dish, coating them in the melted butter as you do so.
Once all of the sticks are made and in the pan, melt the remaining two tablespoons of butter and add the pressed garlic. Brush the bread sticks with the garlic butter, sprinkle with the parsley, and let rise for 20 minutes.
Place them in a 400 degree preheated oven and bake for 20 minutes or until the bread sticks are a delicious golden brown. Remove from the oven and let cool for 10 minutes before serving. Enjoy!