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Grissini: Easy and Delicious Italian Breadsticks

These spindly Italian breadsticks have the perfect crispy snap

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These grissini are surprisingly easy to make. They’re an ideal accompaniment to your aperitif, and they also work beautifully with a cheese board.

This recipe is courtesy of Eating Well.


  • 1 1/4 Cup lukewarm water
  • 2 Teaspoons sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon active dry yeast
  • 1 3/4 Cup whole-wheat flour
  • 2 Cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  • 4 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoon coarse sea salt


Combine water and sugar in a large bowl. Stir until the sugar has dissolved. Add yeast and let stand for 10 minutes, until it is bubbling.

Add whole-wheat flour, 13/4 cups of all-purpose flour, 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, and 1 teaspoon salt. Mix with a wooden spoon, and, when it begins to come together, with your hands, until well combined. If the dough is too sticky, add the remaining all-purpose flour.

Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead for approximately 5 minutes, until it is smooth and elastic. Gather the dough into a ball.

Lightly oil a clean, large bowl. Place the dough in the bowl and turn to coat in oil. Cover with a kitchen towel and set aside in a warm space for 1–1 ½ hours, until doubled in size.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly oil 2 large baking sheets.

Cut the dough into 12 equal pieces. Stretch and roll each piece to roughly 24 inches long and 3/8 inch thick. Cut each piece in half. You will have 24 breadsticks.

Place the dough on the baking trays, leaving ½ inch between each breadstick. Brush both sides of the breadstick with remaining extra-virgin olive oil and sprinkle with remaining salt.

Bake for 15 minutes, turn the breadsticks over, and bake for a further 15 minutes until crisp and golden.