We are talking breadsticks.
Especially when these are the Italian Parmesan-flavoured breadsticks, absolutely delicious! I like to serve soups with these baked breadsticks instead of the classic croutons or fried pita squares. Not only do they make a stylish and delicious side to the soups, but you can even make them in minis and drop them inside that soup for a change. These breadsticks are also good for snacking with some good and hearty dips, such as hummus, mutabal, baba ganoush…or my pickled zaatar, labneh balls, shatta…etc. You can also use them in fattoush for a twist on the classic fried/toasted bread squares. Of course it goes without say that they are perfect for cheese/charcuterie boards…
When making Grissini, you can keep them plain or you can coat them with my delicious dried zaatar, or my sumac, or sprinkle them with sesame, some cumin, chili flakes…etc for variation. They are amazing as is, and work well for adaptation, so let your imagination be your guide. While you are at it, and since the children are off school, why not have them help you make these and roll them for you? Fun for them, and less work for you.
Since we are talking Italian,
who best to show us than an Italian? And not just any Italian, but a loved chef in Dubai, whose passion and experience precede him, and who runs the show at one of Dubai’s well known and loved Italian restaurants, Ronda Locatelli in Atlantis The Palm! Chef Alessandro Bottazzi, whose great love of good and real food and passion about Italian cuisine are very well reflected in his creations and words. While he works very closely with one of the icons of inspiration where food is related, Celebrity Chef Giorgio Locatelli, Alessandro himself is not short of inspiration. When he talks food, his love, respect and understanding of its importance and beauty demand your full attention. So watch him in the video below, as he demonstrates the making of Grissini, and shares with us what sparked his passion for food, what really matters, and how important it is to understand, respect and produce real food.