How to Make Garlic Knots

Garlic knots
Leah Maroney
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    Begin With Dough

    Dough for garlic knots
    Leah Maroney

    Do you want to replicate those yummy garlic knots from your favorite local pizza shop in the comfort of your own home? Bake some of these when you have some extra dough in your fridge or freezer—and they’ll make your whole house smell delicious.

    Similar to making a challah roll, it’s easy to make the requisite “knot.” You can even use challah dough if you have it on hand, or pizza dough. If you don’t want to make the dough yourself, pick some up from your local pizza shop or grocery store. One small dough ball will give you six knots.

    To start, remove a dough ball from the refrigerator and let sit for 1 hour. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 450 F.

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    Prep the Garlic Mixture

    Garlic and fresh parsley
    Leah Maroney

    Chop or grate some fresh garlic (about 1/2 a clove per knot) and fresh parsley (about 1/2 teaspoon per knot), and grate some Parmesan cheese (about 1 teaspoon per knot). Combine in a small bowl.

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    3. Add Oil or Butter

    Garlic mixture with oil
    Leah Maroney

    Pour melted butter or olive oil over garlic mixture (about 1 tablespoon per knot) and stir well. Set aside.

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    Stretch and Flatten Dough

    Flattened dough
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    On a floured surface, gently flatten out dough ball and stretch it out with your hands.

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    Shape Dough

    Shaped dough
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    Spread out dough to a small rectangle shape (about 6 inches x 6 inches) and flatten, but don’t put too much pressure on the dough or handle it roughly.

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    Slice Dough

    Sliced dough
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    Use a pizza cutter to slice dough into 1-inch wide strips.

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    Roll Into Tubes

    Tubes of garlic knot dough
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    Gently roll strips into tubes to fatten them up. Stretch from the ends if necessary; they should be about 6 inches long.

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    Make the Knots, Step 1

    Knotting the dough
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    Take one tube and lay it flat. Take one end and place it over the other, forming a loose circle.

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    Make the Knots, Step 2

    Knotted dough
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    Take the end of the top layer and gently push it through the hole, creating a loose knot.

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    Prepare Knots for Baking

    Knots ready for the oven on a baking sheet
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    Arrange knots on a greased baking sheet or pizza screen.

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    Make the Knots Garlicky

    Brushing the knots with the garlic mixture
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    Brush knots with garlic mixture and reserve any extra. Bake in oven at 450 F for 15 minutes, or until golden.

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    Recoat Knots

    Putting garlic mixture on the knots
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    When knots are done baking, brush another layer of remaining garlic mixture on top.

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    All Done!

    Finished garlic knots with marinara sauce
    Leah Maroney

    You can now savor your delicious garlic knots. Feel free to experiment with other herbs, cheeses, and spices. These are also delicious with some added heat from a pinch of cayenne pepper.

    Serve them instead of garlic bread with baked ziti or spaghetti and meatballs. And of course, they make a great appetizer before pizza.