Vegan Rosemary-Garlic Breadsticks

Yield: 8 breadsticks

Last Tuesday, I came down with a ferocious bug, the same one to which everyone, adults and children, has been succumbing in our area. You know the one: fever, body aches, congestion, cough, yaddi, yaddi.

For two days, all I wanted to eat was canned No-Chicken Noodle soup. I never ate dinner on Friday night because all I wanted by then, inexplicably, was buttery, garlicky breadsticks with marinara sauce, and the restaurant where my husband went for carry-out, didn’t have them.

On Saturday morning, I woke up still craving them and, having started taking some prescription meds the night before, was feeling slightly better. So, since most restaurants overdo breadsticks in that classically American “Supersize Me” style anyway, I decided to make my own. They were still generous in size, but somewhat more modestly proportioned. And boy-oh-boy were they worth waiting for!

For my special dough recipe (and about 175 more!), I encourage you to preorder my brand new cookbook, The Blooming Platter: A Harvest of Seasonal Vegan Recipes which will be available in May, though you can certainly use your favorite dough.

Here’s what I did to my recipe which calls for about 2 cups of flour:

To the dry ingredients, add:

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon onion powder

1 teaspoon dried basil

1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram

1/2 teaspoon dried oregano extra sea salt

Make the dough according to directions, letting it rise, etc. While the dough rises, make Rosemary-Garlic Oil so that it can be steeping:

1/3 cup olive oil

1 large clove crushed garlic several 4 to 5-inch sprigs of rosemary (I used quite brown sprigs from my frostbitten rosemary shrub, so it was more like using dried than fresh)

Pinch of sea salt plus more for sprinkling on breadsticks

Combine all ingredients and set aside. Preheat the oven to 45o degrees. Beginning with a ball of dough, pat and shape it into an 8-inch square on an oiled work surface. Cut it into 8 equal strips, twist each strip into a spiral, and place them on an oiled baking stone or sheet. Brush them liberally with Rosemary-Garlic Oil and sprinkle with sea salt. Bake for 11 minutes or until tender and golden, brush with more oil, sprinkle with more salt, and serve warm.

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