Italian Breadsticks Grissini Recipe

Italian Breadsticks Grissini Recipe

By 27/06/2013

Do you like Italian breadsticks? Never thought of  making your own? If you think they are difficult to make then think again.

I often buy grissini but what I don't like about them is that they are often too salty and too greasy and cheap fats and oils are often being added. Unfortunately this is the price with pay for industrially made food:  yes it costs less and it is more affordable but it is also made with cheap ingredients and fats, like palm oil, which are certainly not healthy.

I know it can be time consuming but it is interesting to taste the difference and it is worth making them every so often; use only olive oil and good quality strong flour and you will get tasty and crunchy grissini which, when cooking, will fill the house with a beautiful smell!

The preparation is the same as bread making. The dough needs to rest a couple of times in a warm place, then you roll it and pull it and make long sticks which will dry in the oven, get crunchy and slightly golden.

  • Prep Time : 2 hour 35 minutes
  • Cook Time : 25 minutes



In a bowl melt the yeast with some lukewarm water then add the flour, the olive oil and the salt

making dough

Work the dough with your hands and make a smooth ball. Put the dough back in the bowl, cover it up with a cloth and let it rest in a warm place for an hour


Cut the dough and make small balls, then with your hands roll them on the table and make long and thin sticks. Pull them on both sides to make them thinner


Line them up on a baking tray over a sheet of baking paper. Cover them up with a cloth again and let them rest for another hour

lining the grissini up

Cook them in a hot over at 180C for 20-25 minutes. They should look slightly golden but not too dark. Store them in an airtight container.



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12 Responses to Italian Breadsticks Grissini Recipe

  1. Camilla @FabFood4All

    I love these Grissini and have never made any, in fact I don’t think I’ve ever had one either. I will definitely add these to my to do list as they look perfect for dipping:-) Thank you for entering Credit Crunch Munch!

  2. Javelin Warrior

    I’ve never heard of Grissini before (that shows how little I know!) but these sounds amazing, Alida! I love how simple the ingredient list is and they turn out beautifully…

    • Alida

      Thanks so much for your always positive comments. You put a smile of my face every time 🙂

  3. Ash- foodfashionparty

    I’ve never heard of Grissini too. I just love a good homemade bread and this looks so perfect.

  4. gloria

    I love these grissini sticks and look delicious Alida!

  5. la cucina di Molly

    In effetti fatti in casa sono molto più buoni e genuini di quelli industriali! Buonissimi i tuoi, ti sono venuti benissimo! Un bacione!

  6. Anneli (Delicieux)

    You re so right about industrial made food that you can make yourself without any of the junk in it! These bred sticks are a perfect example! Thanks for entering Credit Crunch Munch & Four Seasons Food.

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  10. David Duncan

    Simple recipe. Tasted lovely with our fondue. Thought I’d made too many but they all went.

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