Garlic Knots

Sometimes I slave for hours in the kitchen on one dish.  This is not that dish.  This is a little work for a big WOW.

First, you want to get some store-bought pizza dough.  I’m sure that grocery stores have been selling dough for a long time, it just took me a while to realize it.  Around here you can find really good dough at Publix (in their bakery), Trader Joe’s (near the cheese) and Whole Food (near the frozen bread).  Each store seems to have a place to “hide” it, so if you don’t see it – just ask.

Then, bring it home.  If it’s frozen, thaw it completely.  You want the dough to be easy to work with and that only happens when it’s room temperature.

Roll the dough out into a large 10 X 14 rectangle, about 1/4 in thick.  Use a pizza cutter to cut the short length into long ropes about an inch wide, then cut them in half.  You only need about a 5 inch piece.  Working with one piece at a time, dust them with flour and form the dough into a snake, then tie it in a knot.  Place them on a parchment-covered cookie sheet, leaving space in between in each one for them to rise.

Cover with plastic wrap.  Let them rise for about 30 minutes, or until puffed and doubled in size.  Remove the plastic and bake them in a 400 degree oven for 15 minutes, or until golden brown.

While they are baking, melt 5 T butter in a small saucepan over medium-low heat.  Mince 4 garlic cloves and cook the garlic in the butter for about 1-2 minutes, just long enough to take off the raw garlic taste.  Stir in the salt and parsley, then set aside.

When the knots are done, brush with the garlic butter mixture and serve warm.  I also sprinkled these with some parmesan cheese.

Garlic Knots

Printable recipe

– INGREDIENTS –

1 ball of store-bought pizza dough
5 Tablespoons butter
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup parsley
1 teaspoon kosher salt
parmesan cheese (optional)

– PREPARATION –

1.  Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

2.  Roll the dough out into a large 10 X 14 rectangle, about 1/4 in thick.  Use a pizza cutter to cut the short length into long ropes about an inch wide, then cut them in half.  You only need about a 5 inch piece.  Working with one piece at a time, dust them with flour and form the dough into a snake, then tie it in a knot.  Place them on a parchment-covered cookie sheet, leaving space in between in each one for them to rise.

3.  Cover with plastic wrap.  Let them rise in a warm place for about 30 minutes, or until puffed and doubled in size.  Towards the end of the rise, preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  Remove the plastic and bake them for 15 minutes, or until golden brown.

4.  While they are baking, melt 5 T butter in a small saucepan over medium-low heat.  Mince 4 garlic cloves and cook the garlic in the butter for about 1-2 minutes, just long enough to take off the raw garlic taste.  Stir in the salt and parsley, then set aside.

5.  When the knots are done, brush with the garlic butter mixture and serve warm.  I also sprinkled these with some parmesan cheese.

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