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Rustic Italian Grissini Breadsticks

Italian bread sticks

Rustic Grissini Sticks (Italian Breadsticks)

Rustic appetiser bread sticks too accompany aperitivi and cheese and cold meat appetisers
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Resting time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Italian
Servings 8


  • 1 small bowl
  • 1 large bowl
  • oven, pre-heated 200°C


  • 1 tsp instant dried yeast
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 60 gr Parmesan cheese, finely grated
  • 1 pinch sugar
  • 250 gr bread flour (white strong flour '00')
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 2 cloves garlic (fresh, finely chopped)


Preparing the dough

  • Fill a small bowl with 2/3 cup warm water.  Stir in the yeast and sugar until the  sugar dissolves, then leave to stand for 10 minutes, or until foamy. 
  • In a large bowl, add the bread flour, grated cheese, seasalt, herbs and garlic.Stir in the olive oil. Mix well, then pour in the yeast mixture and gently stir until a dough forms.  
  • On a lightly floured surface, knead the dough for 5 minutes, or until smooth and elastic. Form the dough into a rough ball. 
  • Grease a large bowl with oil and transfer the dough to the bowl. Coat the dough in the oil by turning it over in the bowl. Cover with a damp towel and leave to rise in a warm place for 1 hour, or until the dough has doubled in size. 
  • Pre-heat oven  to 200°C and line a large baking tray with non-stick baking paper. 

Making the bread-sticks

  • Punch down the dough and turn it out onto a floured work surface. Cut dough in half and roll out one of the halves to form a 8′′ x 6′′ rectangle.
  • Cut into thin strips and gently roll each strip to form sticks about 9′′ long. Place onto  a prepared baking tray. Repeat with the other half of the dough. 
  • Sprinkle with additional seasalt, then bake for 15-20 minutes, or until crisp and golden, turning the tray halfway through to ensure sticks are evenly cooked. 


Serve as an appetizer with cheeses, cold meats, or with a classic Aperol Spritz.
Serve with a classic Italian soup such as Italian Wedding Soup. Find the recipe here. Classic Italian Wedding Soup.
Keyword Baking, Bread

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