Garlic Knots

Homemade garlic knots are delicious and so easy to make. Learn how here.

Homemade garlic knots are delicious and so easy to make. Learn how here.

Garlic knots are a staple appetizer in pizzerias. Why? Because they’re bready and garlicky and everyone loves them.

It turns out they’re really easy to make at home. Next time you’re having friends over for a casual evening, you can make a batch for everyone to munch on before dinner. Or just make a batch anytime just for you because you deserve a delicious snack.

How to Make Garlic Knots

I usually start with a store-bought pizza dough. My grocery store sells it in the bakery section. It comes in a 1 pound ball in a plastic bag. Alternatively, you can make your own homemade pizza dough. I’ve included a good basic pizza dough recipe below. If using store-bought dough, let it come to room temperature before beginning. If using homemade dough, make the dough, knead it as instructed, let it rise for 1 hour (covered) and then punch it down before beginning.

Step#1

Sprinkle a large baking sheet with 2 teaspoons of coarse cornmeal.

Step#2

Roll and/or stretch the dough into 10 x 16-inch rectangle. Put it onto a large cutting board. Use a knife or pizza cutter (this one cracks me up for some reason) to cut it into 12 10-inch long strips.

Note: If you want softer, fluffier garlic knots, roll dough to an 8 x 12-inch rectangle and cut into 10 8-inch long strips instead.

Step#3

Tie each strip into a loose knot and put it onto the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with remaining strips. Dust the tops of the garlic knots with kosher salt (1 teaspoon is enough to get a bit on each knot). Cover with a clean tea towel and let rise for 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 375°F.

Step#4

Remove tea towel and bake uncovered until golden in places and cooked through, 15-20 minutes.

Step#5

Just before the garlic knots are ready to come out of the oven, put 1/4 cup of unsalted butter, cut in pieces, into a small microwave safe bowl. Microwave butter 20 seconds at a time until completely melted. Stir in 1 teaspoon of garlic powder.

Step#6

Use a metal spatula to get under the garlic knots in case any of them stuck to the pan a little bit. Transfer them to a big bowl. Drizzle with the butter and then use a large spoon to stir them gently so that they are all coated in butter. Transfer buttery knots to a serving plate and sprinkle with 1/4 cup of finely shredded Parmesan cheese and 1/4 cup of chopped fresh Italian flat-leaf parsley. Serve immediately.

Homemade Garlic Knots

Ingredients:

  • 2 tsp. coarsely ground cornmeal
  • 1 ball of pizza dough (1 lb. or enough for a large pizza), see recipe below or use store-bought
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup finely shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped Italian flat-leaf parsley

Directions:

  1. Sprinkle a large baking sheet with the cornmeal.
  2. Roll and/or stretch the pizza dough into 10 x 16-inch rectangle. Put it onto a large cutting board. Use a knife or pizza cutter (this one cracks me up for some reason) to cut it into 12 10-inch long strips. (Note: If you want softer, fluffier garlic knots, roll dough to an 8 x 12-inch rectangle and cut into 10 8-inch long strips instead).
  3. Tie each strip into a loose knot and put it onto the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with remaining strips. Dust the tops of the garlic knots with kosher salt. Cover with a clean tea towel and let rise for 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  4. Remove tea towel and bake uncovered until golden in places and cooked through, 15-20 minutes.
  5. Just before the garlic knots are ready to come out of the oven, put the butter into a small microwave safe bowl. Microwave butter 20 seconds at a time until completely melted. Stir in garlic powder.
  6. Use a metal spatula to get under the garlic knots in case any of stuck to the pan a little bit. Transfer them to a big bowl. Drizzle with the butter and then use a large spoon to stir them gently so that they are all coated in butter. Transfer buttery knots to a serving plate and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and parsley. Serve immediately.

Basic Pizza Dough Recipe

Makes enough for one large pizza or two medium pizzas.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 (1/4 ounce) package of active dry yeast or 2 and 1/4 tsp. active dry yeast
  • 1 Tbsp. honey
  • olive oil
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Directions

  1. Measure the water into a large microwave-safe bowl. Microwave it 20 seconds at a time until warm but not hot, about 110°F. Stir in the yeast, honey and 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Let sit until it gets foamy, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add half of the flour and all of the salt and stir until smooth, using floured hands if that makes it easier. Add more flour 1/4 cup at time, kneading the dough between additions. Add just enough flour so that the dough holds together well and is only a little bit sticky. You may not need all of the flour. Lightly flour the counter and transfer the dough there. Knead the dough until it’s smooth (it will still be sticky), 3-5 minutes.
  3. Measure 1 tablespoon of olive oil into a large clean mixing bowl. Add the dough and rub it around in the oil. Flip the dough over so that the oiled side is up. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm draft-free spot until it has doubled in size, about 1 hour. Punch dough down and then use as recipe directs.
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