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Grissini Breadsticks


Put these breadsticks next to the olives and watch everyone snap them up.

  • Yield: Makes 35 to 40

Source: Martha Stewart Weddings, Summer/Fall 1998


  • 1 1/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons warm water, (about 110 degrees)
  • 3 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon barley malt
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing
  • 3 3/4 cups bread flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon vegetable shortening
  • 3 tablespoons roughly chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1/2 cups freshly grated Parmesan cheese


  1. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine 1/4 cup warm water, yeast, and barley malt. Let stand until yeast is creamy, about 10 minutes. Add olive oil, flour, salt, shortening, and the remaining warm water; mix on low speed for 1 minute. Change to dough-hook attachment, and mix on medium-low speed until dough is soft but not tacky, about 2 minutes. Add rosemary and Parmesan; mix 1 minute more. Alternatively, knead by hand 5 to 10 minutes.
  2. Transfer dough to a lightly floured surface, and knead 4 or 5 turns, forming the dough into a ball. Cover with lightly oiled plastic wrap, and let rest 10 minutes.
  3. Place a piece of parchment on a clean work surface, and brush parchment with olive oil. Transfer dough to parchment, and pat dough into a 4-by-22-inch rectangle. Brush surface with olive oil, cover with plastic, and let rise 1 hour.
  4. Heat oven to 400 degrees. Line four baking sheets with parchment; brush generously with oil. Cut a 1/2-inch-thick piece of dough from the shorter side of the rectangle. Hold dough by the ends; stretch it to the length of the baking sheet, keeping the shape as uniform as possible. Form ends into hooks, loops, S curves, or knots. Place bread stick on baking sheet. Repeat with remaining dough, spacing bread sticks 1 inch apart. Let rise in a warm place, uncovered, 10 minutes.
  5. Bake two sheets at a time on separate shelves until bread sticks are crisp and golden, 20 to 25 minutes, rotating halfway through baking time. Transfer to wire racks, and let cool completely. Store up to 10 days in an airtight container.

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  • mw1275
    16 MAR, 2010
    The video looks so easy, but the written directions include 5 minutes of kneading before rising and 20 minutes of rising before baking. Which way is correct?
  • kataline
    13 MAR, 2010
    wonderful recipe, thank you!
  • Tlemetry
    11 MAR, 2010
    Fell in love with grissini while stationed in Northern Italy in the early 90s. I miss these dipped in sweet cream butter. yum! I will surely be trying this recipe.
  • apianaro
    9 MAR, 2010
    Finally, the grissini recipe! I'll try it right away, I am from Torino... I know them well, can't wait to see how they turn out.