Green Olive Grissini

I made these for the first time a few weeks ago to be part of a Halloween book club because they resemble witches fingers! They were a huge hit with everyone so I made them again and plan to have them as my party trick! I was initially inspired by the Great British Baking Show’s episode that they challenged the contestants to creating crispy grissini (crunchy bread sticks). When I saw Paul Hollywood's recipe was not in US measurements, I decided to go out on my own and these sticks are what I created. 

Green Olive Grissini

They don’t have to be Halloween-y and can definitely be served along side a cheese plate or just as snacks for before dinner! They will also make a fabulous holiday gift since they have a decent shelf life and the crisper you get them, the longer they will stay fresh!

The grissini taste deeply of olive but are crisp and crunchy so if you like olives, you will like these. They are also, coincidentally, vegan!

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Green Olive Grissini
Italian style breadsticks studded with flavorful green olives.
  • 1 C warm water (about 110F), divided
  • 1 t sugar
  • 1 package (2 1/4 t) yeast
  • 1 T sea salt
  • 2 1/2 C bread flour
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 1 C green olives*, roughly chopped, dried off with paper towels
1. Prepare yeast in a small bowl: stir yeast, sugar, and half a cup of warm water. Let sit for 5 minutes until foamy.2. In the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with the dough hook attachment, mix yeast mixture, salt, and bread flour until the dough starts to come together. Add olive oil and continue to mix with the dough hook until the oil is incorporated.3. On a lightly floured surface roll out dough. Slowly add the chopped green olives and knead it into the dough. This can be difficult so have patience. 4. Transfer dough to a lightly oiled bowl and cover with a towel. Set in a warm place to rise until doubled in size, about an hour. 5. Preheat oven to 375 F. Prepare cookie sheets with parchment paper or silpats. 6. Roll out dough on a lightly floured surface to a rectangle, 20 inches by 10 inches. Using a pizza cutter, cut the dough into approximately 32 pieces (cut dough in half, cut each half into half and each quarter into eight). Cut all the dough across to create sticks that are a more manageable size.7. Place the sticks on the prepared baking sheets, leaving at least a ¼” between each one. Cover with a towel and let rest for 15 minutes. 8. Bake for 15 minutes. Check doneness and continue to bake until lightly browned and crisp. Can be tested by taking a stick and snapping it. Cool on a wire rack and store in an airtight container. *I used the Mezzetta brand green olives with garlic cloves.
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 32 long grissini or 64 short grissini
Green Olive Grissini

Listening to: Michael Kiwanuka