Thursday, April 8, 2010

Grissini - Bread Sticks Made with My Pasta Rollers

I have been wanting to make my own Grissini ever since I took a cooking class from a local chef a couple of weeks ago.  While we prepared some fabulous dishes with the chef, we were able to sip wine and snack on wonderfully crisp, pencil-thin Grissini that he had sitting out on the counter.

One of his assistants in the kitchen had told me that they made them with pasta rollers so all I needed to do was find a recipe! After a bit of searching on the internet I found one on the Los Angeles Times website that sounded just right. Instead of rolling out the dough and cutting it by hand, I got out my KitchenAid stand mixer and pasta attachments.

After the dough was assembled, kneaded and allowed to rise, I passed the first section of dough through my pasta roller and, much to my delight, it worked beautifully!  It took a little trial and error to get the pieces formed into a nice rectangle.

The sheets of dough were then passed through the widest pasta cutter attachment that came with my set, which cut them into approximately 1/3 inch-wide strips, which was exactly what the recipe called for.  

Here are all my pans lined up and ready for a another short rise before they are baked.  Just before I popped them into the oven, I misted them lightly with olive oil spray and then sprinkled them with sea salt.


Success!  They were just like the ones made in the chef's kitchen!  I made one batch with chopped thyme added to the dough and another batch with chopped rosemary.  I believe these will last for a couple of week ~ unless we eat them all before then ;)

Grissini - 'Pasta Style'
Adapted from The Los Angeles Times
Printable Recipe

Makes about 4 dozen bread sticks

1/2 cup warm water
1 package active dry yeast
1 teaspoon sugar
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, divided
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
2 tablespoons olive oil
1-1/2 teaspoons fine sea salt
Finely chopped herbs of your choice, such as rosemary or thyme

Prepare four baking sheets by lining them with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.

Combine the warm water with the yeast, sugar and one-half cup of the all-purpose flour in a large bowl. Allow to rest for 10 minutes or until bubbly.

Add the remaining 3/4 cup of all-purpose flour, the wheat flour, olive oil and salt and mix together lightly. Pour out onto a clean surface and knead for about 5 minutes, until smooth and elastic. Clean the bowl and coat it with a thin layer of olive oil then return the dough to the bowl, cover with plastic wrap and allow to rise in a warm place for 1 hour.

Remove the dough from the bowl and divide it into four pieces.

Pasta Roller Instructions:

It's best to work with one piece of dough at a time from rolling the rectangles to cutting into strips to avoid letting them dry out too much and to prevent sticking.

Using the roller attachment of your pasta machine (I use a KitchenAid stand mixer with pasta attachments) run the first section of dough through until you obtain an evenly-shaped rectangle about 4 inches wide by 10 inches or so long. You may have to fold the dough over several times before you achieve a nice rectangle - just as you would with pasta dough.

Still working with the same piece of dough, attach the 'wide cut' roller (as in fettuccine width) and feed dough rectangle through the cutter.

Quickly, separate the dough strips onto one of the prepared baking sheets, spreading them out flat and leaving about 1/2 to 1" between each strip. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and allow to rest for 30 minutes or until they puff up slightly.

Repeat with the remaining sections of dough, one at a time.

Alternately, you can roll out each piece into a rectangle, 4 by 12 inches using a rolling pin. Cut the dough lengthwise into one-third-inch-wide strips using a sharp knife or pizza cutter. 

While strips are resting, preheat oven to 400 and place one shelf on the highest level of the oven.

When ready to bake, spray one sheet of grissini with olive oil and sprinkle with kosher salt or sea salt.

Bake the grissini in single batches on the top shelf of the oven until lightly browned, about 9-10 minutes, rotating halfway through. Watch carefully during the last minute or two so they don't get too dark. Cool, then store in a large plastic bag or preferably in a rectangular plastic container so that they don't break.


  1. Susan, leave it to you to make something I have never heard of before :-) They sound wonderful!

  2. I love your Grissini!!! Perfect with a glass of wine :) I would love to try these sometime.

  3. That first one of my fave Grissini shots yet:)♥

    Ils sont beaux! Extraodinairement beaux!

  4. Brilliant to use a pasta machine... How cool is that. The result looks completely professional... there will be a lot of angry stores when other people start making instead of buying... wonderful photos too.. love the angles!

  5. These look delicious. I love anything with rosemary or thyme.

  6. I LOVE grissini- my grandmother ALWAYS had them on the table. Great idea to use a pasta roller- it can be very time consuming by hand
    xoxo Pattie

  7. Grissini are definitely the perfect snack food. I love going home for the holidays because my parents always have it lying around. Yours look perfect. Crispy deliciousness.

  8. I have never had home made grissini..just the ones from the Italian store.
    They look great!

  9. Susan, these look so good! I love how you have something you love and then recreate them yourselves - great job!

  10. I love grizzini, yours look great! Making it pasta style, very cool idea! and how fun a class is that wine and nibbling the bread sticks, sounds like a fun class!

  11. I would love to be in a cooking class and sip wine and eat these upscale breadsticks!
    I am thrilled with the idea of making them with herb infused dough. So clever.
    These would be great as a part of a cheese board. Yummy!

  12. Me too - have never heard of this this - but definitely like what I see!!
    You always impress me with all the things you do with your pasta machine... Great photos!!

  13. Susan, Those look delightful. I will have to make them as an appetizer for our next gourmet group... hoping the theme is something close to italian ; )! But then again I'm sure I could make them for any occasion.

  14. They look great! It's nice to find another use for the pasta roller too!

  15. Another great tutorial! Your Grissini bread sticks look perfect- very hard to resist. I do wish I had a pasta maker, maybe something for my Mother's Day list . . .

  16. Wine and these beautiful bread sticks sounds like bliss!!

  17. ciao!!! bravissima questi grissini sono perfetti!!! aspettami che arrivo con il prosciutto crudo...complimenti!!

  18. What a clever idea. This is great for the winter when you have to stay indoors and have plenty time to play in the kitchen.

  19. Is that what those are called?? I love them. How could I not know the name? (after all these years!) Clever you to make them with your pasta machine..they look divine. Gosh, your photos are wonderful. Now I wish I had a pasta machine. I will put it on my birthday wish list!

  20. Oh how I wish I had a pasta roller...sigh. Just another reason for me to campaign for one!

    Susan, these look so cute and wonderful!

  21. I make breadsticks but have yet to try thin Grissini! Love to grab a handful as I'm running out the door, the downside is bread crumbs in the car!

  22. These sound like they'd be totally wonderful and totally addicting!

  23. how goregous..I love that you used your pasta roller...what great presentation


  24. Very cool! I have to make this too now. Thanks!


  25. I love the idea of using the pasta machine for this. They look beautiful and sound great. Your photography is wonderful too!

    Thank you for sharing!

  26. Saw your profile on another page. Glad I read your informative and well-written blog. Look foraward to following you here. Have a great day! Cheers!

  27. They look kids love grissini!!!!!!

  28. I lovelovelove grissini! This is a fabulous idea--it would make them thin enough to be crispy without overworking the dough. I've bookmarked this!

  29. Leave it to you to make Grissini into an art form!

  30. Oh my gosh! These are one of my favorite nibbles ~ and yours look like perfection. Brava, my friend!! xo

  31. Oh, WOW, Susan. I really need to make those! They look fabulous!


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