Friday, January 18, 2013

Garlic Knots

I have wanted to make garlic knots for ages and I don't know what took me so long.  I went to a restaurant by my parents house and my husband and I ate the whole basket (okay maybe two baskets).  For many times after, whenever we visited, my husband asked to go to the garlic knot restaurant.  My father sadly told him that it was closed but it didn't stop by husband from wanting their garlic knots.

This recipe was so easy and so tasty.  I usually make pizza dough double so that I freeze one which I took out this morning to use.

Then I took out my mat (but feel free to use the counter).  Put a little flour on the mat and put pizza dough on flipping to cover a little bit of flour on both sides.  Use a rolling pin to roll out and cut with pizza cutter (thanks Ann for the hand model). 

Test different ways to knot your dough and see what you like.  We made them about ten different ways and they were all tasty so feel free to get creative.  We started by knotting what was on the long piece of dough to see how long we needed it.  It turned out that we could cut ours into three pieces for each strip.

Then, we made a few different kinds like this roll.  It was just the knot without the end pulled out.

Then we finally figured out how to make a knot that still stayed tight.  It was fun to experiment with the different shapes and we ended up with the different rolls.  We put them on the cookie sheets with enough room for them to rise.  I covered one with a dry cloth and one with a damp cloth (just to see if they would react differently).

Next, I started making the butter mixture by melting the butter in a pan on the stove.  Adding the minced garlic until it was nice and fragrant.  I added the additional seasonings as I figured out what I was going to add which I decided on parsley and garlic salt.  I was going to take a pictures but it more or less looked like a black pan and I couldn't see the yummy butter since it was really low.

There were conflicting ideas across the web on when to apply the butter mixture.  Before, during or after baking???  I decided to try both ways.  I made one pan where I started cooking it, and brushed the butter mixture on rolls.  I reapplied two or three times during baking.  Here is what they looked like:

Then I made the other pan without any butter mixture.

After removing the garlic butter knots, I reapplied the butter mixture and sprinkled some Parmesan cheese.

They were fabulous and my husband said that they were a lot like the ones from the restaurant.  We might have eaten a whole pan with the two of us!!  I am totally going to make these again!!  I hope that you try them soon too!

Garlic Knots

Pizza dough (homemade or store bought)
3 tbsp butter
1 tsp minced garlic
1/2 tsp parsley
1/2 tsp garlic salt
Parmesan cheese

1.  Roll out pizza dough on floured surface.  Cut with pizza cutter into long strips.  Tie dough into small knots (or any design that you get the dough into).

2.  Leave knots to rest covered with a dry towel and let double in size.

3.  Melt butter in a sauce pan and add minced garlic.  Cook on low and add additional spices to taste. 

4.  Bake at 400 degrees for 10-15 minutes until lightly browned.  Can brush with butter sauce during cooking or after.  When cooked, top with additional butter sauce and then Parmesan cheese.


  1. Alison, I know exactly what you mean about garlic knots! There's an Italian restaurant in Venice Beach where we always go when we visit just because of their garlic knots. They just keep bringing them the whole time you're there. I dream about those things... I can't wait to try your recipe. It looks much easier than others I've seen. I make my own pizza dough too, so I'll double it.

    So glad you liked the scones. You'll never need to buy a mix again!

    1. I thought it was really easy to make after taking a million different internet recipes and trying to remember the rolls that I loved from that restaurant. I think that I got pretty close so I hope that you like them too! Check out my pizza dough recipe too and see if you like it. I look forward to finding yours.

      I made chocolate chip scones this morning. We ate all but one today!!! I don't know if you have started something good or evil :)


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