…from the Perspectives’ Kitchen
How you doin’? Do you remember the days before everyone went crazy for low-carb foods when bread of some kind was on every table as a meal starter?
Actually, there was a good reason to get something into the stomachs of every guest. When your blood sugar is low you feel hunger pangs. People get short tempered and people with a few drinks in them can get downright nasty when they’re hungry. A bowl of tortilla chips, Asian noodles or a breadstick or two, creates a little forgiveness, buys some time and keeps people reasonable until the server can get to the table to take an order. In these times when so many restaurants are running short-staffed, many restaurants would do well to remember this secret.
Let’s bring this custom back with my Homemade Garlic Breadsticks (or turn them into tied garlic bread knots). You’ll find they’re delicious and goes perfectly with a bowl of pasta and soup!
Prep time: 20 minutes
Proof times: 40 minutes (first proof) / 25 minutes (second proof)
Bake time: 10 to 12 minutes
Cool time: 10 minutes
Yield: 18 breadsticks
1/4 cup granulated sugar, divided
1 (1/4-ounce) package active dry yeast
1 cup warm water, divided
2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour, or more if needed
3 tablespoons vegetable oil, plus more to coat the pan
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup melted unsalted butter
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon coarse kosher salt
1 teaspoon chopped dried parsley
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
ChefSecret: When proofing the dough, I turn the oven on warm and put the bowl with towel-covered dough in the oven with the door slightly ajar to let it rise.
Quip of the Day: When he was young, Bob decided to go to medical school. At the entrance exam, the candidates were asked to rearrange the letters P N E I S and form the name of an important human body part which is most useful when erect. Those who answered SPINE are doctors today, while the rest are on Facebook.
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