Garlic knots are an easy snack or side dish and are ready in minutes with store-bought pizza dough.
Whenever I go into my local pizzeria, I glance longingly at the garlic knots, but always resist the temptation to buy a few. I mean, what’s not to love? Bread dough, garlic, butter, olive oil, YUM! So when I recently found myself with no bread to accompany a stew I’d made for dinner, I decided to make my own garlic knots using pizza dough I had on hand from the Breadsmith in Cranford, NJ. Easy and super yummy, my kids gobbled them up.
Use good quality pizza dough if you can get it. Although these are coated with garlic, butter and oil, the dough is still the star of the show. I prepared the dough in the afternoon and covered it with a damp towel until just before dinner time so they were fresh from the oven and straight on the table (OK, I might have eaten one while taking the photos… job risk.)
- 1 lb. store-bought pizza dough, at room temperature
- All-purpose flour, for rolling out dough
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
- 2 cloves garlic, grated on a microplane
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- On a lightly floured surface using a rolling pin or your hands, roll or stretch the dough to a 10-inch square.
- Cut the square in half and then half again to make 4 smaller squares. Cut each of those into 6 strips.
- Tie each strip into a knot and place on the baking sheet.
- Bake for 7 minutes, then rotate the pan and bake an additional 7 minutes or until golden.
- While the knots bake, combine the butter, oil and garlic in a small pan and cook for 2 minutes.
- As soon as you take the knots out of the oven, brush them with the butter mixture. Sprinkle with salt and serve immediately.