I just can't get enough! Healthy eating is in my near future, so I decided to make a carb lover's dream for dinner last night. We had tried an amazing copy-cat recipe for Olive Garden bread sticks that I've been waiting for an excuse to make again. I gave Gavin a list of a few different pasta dinners to go with them and he chose spaghetti and meatballs. I don't have a lot of experience with meatballs, so I searched Pinterest and found a delicious but easy looking recipe.
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Here is the link to the meatball recipe I used: http://hubpages.com/food/Easy-
I started the bread sticks about 3 1/2 hours before we ate. To begin, I mixed 2 packets of active dry yeast and 2 teaspoons of sugar into 2 cups plus 4 tablespoons of warm water, then let that sit for 10 minutes.
While the dough was rising, I started on the meatballs. In a large bowl I added 1 lb of ground beef, 1/4 cup Kraft Parmesan cheese, 1 egg that had already been lightly beaten, a teaspoon of garlic powder and a teaspoon of black pepper. The original recipe also called for 1/2 to 3/4 cup of seasoned bread crumbs. I recently realized that I have a TON of matzo meal at my house, so I used 3/4 cup matzo meal to which I added a tablespoon of garlic powder, onion powder and oregano. After that is all together, I dug my hands in until I had all of the ingredients well incorporated. Once it looked like the mixture had a pretty even consistency I made golf ball sized meatballs out of it. I added it to a pan filled with store bought traditional spaghetti sauce, then let them cook on low heat for approximately 2 hours, stirring occasionally.
Now back to the bread sticks. After about 1 1/2 hours, the dough had grown immensely!
I punched the dough down, then split it into 24 pieces. I am not the best at getting my pieces the same size, but I'm working on it :) Then I rolled each piece into a long bread stick and put it on a baking sheet covered with foil. When I was done, I had 2 very full baking sheets. I sprayed them lightly with canola oil, then covered them with plastic wrap and let them rise for another hour. I preheated my oven to 425 degrees, then baked the bread sticks for 10 minutes. While they were baking, I combined 4 tablespoons of butter, 1 teaspoon of salt and 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder. As soon as the bread sticks came out of the oven I brushed the mixture over them.
I made thin spaghetti noodles to go with the meatballs, then served it all up! I think both of my nephews were glad to be included in this carbolicious dinner!
If you are looking for a smorgasbord of Italian goodness, this meal is definitely the way to go!
The recipes are included below, enjoy!
Olive Garden Copy-cat Bread Sticks
For Bread Sticks
- 2 cups plus 4 tablespoons warm water
- 2 packets active dry yeast
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- 2 tablespoons plus 4 teaspoons of sugar
- 6 cups flour
- 3 teaspoons salt
- 6 tablespoons vegetable oil
For Garlic Butter Topping
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- Combine warm water, yeast and 2 teaspoons of sugar. Let sit for 10 minutes.
- In large mixing bowl, add additional sugar, 3 cups of flour, salt and vegetable oil. Pour in yeast mixture once it is done resting.
- Mix to combine, then add additional 3 cups of flour.
- Mix for 7 minutes until the dough is smooth and elastic. It should be sticky, but pulling away from the sides of the bowl. If needed, you can add an additional 1/2 cup of flour.
- Transfer the dough into an oiled bowl and turn so that the dough is fully coated.
- Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and allow to rise in a warm place for 1 1/2 hours until doubled in size.
- Once the dough is done rising, punch it down then separate into 24 pieces.
- Roll each piece into a long bread stick, then put on a foil lined baking sheet.
- Spray bread sticks lightly with canola oil to prevent sticking, then re-cover with plastic wrap and allow to rise for another hour.
- Bake at 425 degrees for about 10 minutes or until bread sticks are golden brown.
- While baking, mix together melted butter, salt and garlic powder for topping.
- Brush topping onto bread sticks as soon as they come out of the oven.
- Serve warm!
- 1 pound ground beef
- 3/4 cup matzo meal
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon onion powder
- 1 tablespoon oregano
- 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon black powder
- Mix together matzo meal, garlic powder, onion powder and oregano in a large mixing bowl.
- Add in all other ingredients.
- Mix by hand until you have an even consistency.
- Shape into golf ball sized meatballs.
- Put meatballs into a pan with spaghetti sauce.
- Wait for awhile to stir so you won't smash the meatballs.
- Cook for approximately 2 hours, stirring occasionally.
- Serve with your favorite pasta.