Thursday, August 23, 2012

Garlic Knots

Warm bread.  What else is there to say really?

Wait, this isn't bread.  It isn't pizza.  It isn't foccacia

It IS warm, buttery, delicious and chewy.  Hmmmm. 

Well here is the deal.  When I make my famous pizza dough, (recipe can be found here ) I make a double batch, cut it in half since each recipe will make 2 crusts, pop them in a Ziploc and stick them in the freezer. (like so)  I mean, seriously the things you can make with pizza dough are endless, this is one of the greatest things in my opinion to have on hand in the freezer.

I always put directions on the bags as well!!  Handy for sure!!

When I want or need pizza dough, I stick it in the fridge the night before and thaw.  I make many things from my pizza dough, this is just one of those things.  I let the dough thaw as mentioned before, stick it back in my mixer with a dough hook and add herbs, let it work a couple of minutes and you get a gorgeously flavored dough full of herbs and olive oil!

Before mixing

After mixing
Now you can usually buy pizza dough from your favorite pizzeria, you can make your own or buy it at the store.  Just make sure after you thaw it (if frozen) you let it sit for 30 min and get to room temperature.  It is much easier to work with. 

This recipe will make 6 garlic knots!

1 ball of pizza dough
1 tbsp olive oil
2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp parsley (dried)
2 tsp dried Italian seasoning
1 egg, beaten
1 tbsp melted butter with 1/2 tsp grated or minced garlic mixed in (for after they are baked)

Put all ingredients in your mixer and let it work your dough about 2 minutes.  You can also knead the herbs and olive oil in by hand if you choose!  Cut into 6 pieces and roll them like snakes as far as you can, approx 7 inches.  Tie in a knot and set on a parchment lined cookie sheet.  Let them sit and raise.  They won't raise as much as you think they should, so don't worry if they don't double in size!!  Just before baking, egg wash them with your beaten egg.

Bake at 400 degree's for 10-12 minutes.  Immediately upon removing them brush the tops with melted butter and garlic mixture!

It will taste almost like a miracle.  Serve these with pasta dishes, or any dish!  Use them in mini form for a party!  Better yet, make mini ones, and let cool, slice in half and put a mini meatball on it!  The possibilities are endless but as for me....I am going to enjoy them hot, and garlic buttery with a little pasta!
Your "wishes her middle name was garlicina" chefwannabe


  1. Hi Chris! I'm sharing this on my Syrup and Biscuits FB page!

    Jackie @Syrup and Biscuits

  2. These look wonderful - I have a trusted dough recipe - but I'm going to try yours and do the "frozen" idea .. and the knots! I followed Jackie from Syrup and Biscuits - she's a super lady!

  3. I love things that are easy semi-homemade and unique! Great recipe!! xo ally Tweeted and sharing on my FB page!