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Imitation Olive Garden Bread Sticks Recipe

This is another one of those recipes that is much loved at Olive Garden but is really easy to make at home.

Ingredients

For the Dough:

  • 1 package active dry yeast
  • 4 1/4 cups all-purpose flour,plus more for dusting
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter,softened
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon fine salt

For the Topping:

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter,melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Pinch of dried oregano

Directions

  1. Make the dough: Place 1/4 cup warm water in the bowl of a mixer; sprinkle in the yeast and set aside until foamy, about 5 minutes. Add the flour, butter, sugar, fine salt and 1 1/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons warm water; mix with the paddle attachment until a slightly sticky dough forms, 5 minutes.
  2. Knead the dough by hand on a floured surface until very smooth and soft, 3 minutes. Roll into a 2-foot-long log; cut into 16 1 1/2-inch-long pieces. Knead each piece slightly and shape into a 7-inch-long breadstick; arrange 2 inches apart on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Cover with a cloth; let rise in a warm spot until almost doubled, about 45 minutes.
  3. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Make the topping: Brush the breadsticks with 1 1/2 tablespoons of the butter and sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt. Bake until lightly golden, about 15 minutes. Meanwhile, combine the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt with the garlic powder and oregano. Brush the warm breadsticks with the remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons melted butter and sprinkle with the flavored salt.

Detroit-Style Pan Pizza Recipe

Ingredients

For the Dough:

  • 300g bread flour (10.5 ounces; about 2 generous cups)
  • 5g instant yeast (0.15 ounce; about 1 teaspoon)
  • 9g salt (0.3 ounce; about 1 1/2 teaspoons table salt or 1 tablespoon kosher salt)
  • 220g water (7.75 ounces; about 1 cup minus 1 1/2 teaspoons)
  • Extra-virgin olive oil, as needed

For the Sauce:

  • 2 tablespoons (30ml) extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 medium cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons (about 5g) dried oregano
  • Dash red pepper flakes
  • 1 (28-ounce; 800g) can high-quality crushed tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon (about 6g) granulated garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon (about 6g) granulated onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon (about 15g) sugar
  • Kosher salt, to taste

To Finish:

Directions

  1. To Make the Dough in a Stand Mixer: Combine flour, yeast, and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook attachment. Stir to combine, then add water. Mix on low speed until dough comes together into a rough ball, then shut off mixer and let rest for 10 minutes. Continue mixing at medium-low speed until dough forms a smooth, silky ball, about 10 minutes longer. (It should stick to the bottom of the bowl as it kneads rather than riding around the edges.) Remove dough hook, form dough into a tight ball, set in the bottom of the mixer bowl, cover tightly with plastic wrap, and set aside in a warm place until dough has roughly doubled in volume, about 2 hours.

  2. To Make the Dough in a Food Processor: Combine flour, yeast, and salt in the bowl of a food processor and pulse to combine. Add water, then turn on processor and process until dough forms a ball that rides around the bowl of the processor, about 30 seconds. Continue processing for 30 seconds longer. Transfer dough to a bowl, form a tight ball, cover tightly with plastic wrap, and set aside in a warm place until dough has roughly doubled in volume, about 2 hours.

  3. To Make the Dough by Hand: Combine flour, yeast, and salt in a large bowl. Whisk to combine, then add water and stir with a wooden spoon until a rough ball of dough has formed. Set aside for 10 minutes. Turn dough out onto a countertop and knead until a smooth, silky ball has formed, about 10 minutes. Transfer dough to a bowl, form a tight ball, cover tightly with plastic wrap, and set aside in a warm place until dough has roughly doubled in volume, about 2 hours.

  4. Pour a couple tablespoons olive oil in the bottom of a Detroit-style anodized aluminum pan or two 8- by 8-inch cake pans. (Split dough in half if using cake pans.) Transfer dough to pan(s) and turn to coat in oil. Press down on dough and spread it toward the edges. You won’t be able to get it all the way to the edges; this is okay. Spread it as much as you can without tearing, then cover tightly in plastic and set aside for 30 minutes to allow dough to relax. Return to dough and stretch it out again. It should be able to reach the edges this time. If not, let it rest a little more and try again. To get the dough to stay in the corners, stretch it up beyond the corners so that it pulls back into place. Once dough is stretched, cover again and set aside while you make the sauce.

  5. For the Sauce: Adjust oven rack to lowest position and preheat oven to 550°F (290°C), or as close to it as your oven gets. Heat 2 tablespoons (30ml) olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat until shimmering. Add minced garlic, oregano, and pepper flakes and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add tomatoes, garlic powder, onion powder, and sugar. Bring to a simmer and cook until reduced to about 3 cups, about 30 minutes. Season to taste with salt.

  6. To Form the Pizza: Press down on dough with your fingertips to remove any large air bubbles. Lay half of pepperoni (if using) evenly over face of dough. Top with cheese, spreading it evenly all the way to the very edges of the pan, then add remaining pepperoni. Spoon sauce over surface in 3 even rows. (You will need only about half the sauce—save the rest for another pizza.)

  7. Transfer to oven and bake until edges are black and bubbly and exposed cheese on top is starting to lightly brown, 12 to 15 minutes. Transfer to a trivet or folded kitchen towel on countertop.

  8. Run a thin metal spatula all the way around the edges of the pan to loosen the pizza. Carefully lift it out and slide it onto a cutting board. Cut pizza and serve.

Ginger Beer Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 ea Ginger root
  •   1 ea Lemon, grated rind of
  • 2 oz Cream of tartar
  • 1 1/2 lb Sugar
  • 1 ga Water, boiling
  • 1 ea Yeast, envelope

Directions

  1. Grate and thoroughly mash the ginger root in a bowl. Place in a large pot and add all ingredients except the yeast. Stir until sugar and cream of tartar is dissolved. Allow mixture to cool, then add yeast which has been started ( dissolved) in a little lukewarm water. Cover tightly for 6 hours, then filter first through a tea strainer or similar, then through cloth. ‘
  2. Bottle and cap tightly, sealed. Place in dark, cool (60 degree) place for two weeks. Chill fully before opening to drink.

Gondola’s Thin Pizza Crust Recipe

While in Winnipeg for a meeting with his boss, his boss almost ordered Jordon to check out the Gondola Pizza booth in Winnipeg’s Airport.  Jordon was inclined to do it anyways but he took Mike’s advice and after doing it, called me from the Winnipeg Airport to tell me how good his Cheese Burger Pizza was.  Here is the ingredients for the pizza crust.  I’ve made it several times and I love it each time.

Ingredients

  • 5 ml (1 tsp) sugar
  • 15 ml (1 envelope) traditional yeast
  • 60 ml (1/4 cup) oil
  • 310 ml (1 1/4 cups) flour
  • 5 ml (1 tsp) salt
  • 250 ml (1 cup) lukewarm water
  • 375 ml (1 1/2 cups) flour
  • 2 ml (1/2 tsp) oregano
  • 2 ml (1/2 tsp) pepper

Directions

  1. Combine first five items in a large mixing bowl. Stir in warm water. In a separate bowl, combine remaining ingredients. Add 125 ml (1/2 cup) at a time to the dough. Knead for about 5 minutes and let rest for 20 minutes in a warm room.
  2. On a well-floured surface, roll dough into a very thin sheet. Cut to fit a pan. Make sure the pan is dry and floured. Freeze for at least three hours.
  3. To prepare pizza, place toppings on top of your favourite sauce and frozen crust. Make sure the crust is completely frozen. Thawing the crust will result in a soggy or thicker crust. The crust should not be exposed for more than 5 to 10 minutes at room temperature. Bake in 450 F to 550 F (230 to 290 C) oven for 25 to 30 minutes or until done.

Restaurant-style pizza sauce

  1. 398 ml (14 oz) can Hunt’s Italian tomato sauce
  2. 1 ml (1/4 tsp) chili powder
  3. 1 ml (1/4 tsp) garlic powder
  4. 5 ml (1 tsp) dried oregano leaves (not ground oregano)

Mix together all ingredients thoroughly. Chill covered until needed.


Taste Tester Notes: Nice combination of flavours for a thin-crust pizza and sauce. When mixing the dough, it will seem like there is excess flour, but as you knead it the flour will all be worked in. This makes enough dough for two 12-inch pizzas and more than enough sauce for both. As it is important to bake crust from frozen state, have all of your toppings ready before taking crust out of the freezer. Check before suggested baking time — mine baked in 15 minutes at 450 F. I also tried making the dough using half whole wheat flour with good results.