Italian Style Garlic Knots

So I’ve had this overwhelming urge the last couple of weeks to make garlic knots. You might think after reading that that I love garlic knots… that they are my favorite snack… at least that I’ve eaten them before. Nope. I can honestly say that before yesterday, I’ve never had a garlic knot. Why was I craving garlic knots? Who knows, but I’m super glad that I made them. So good!! Who knew?  And they look awesome as a little side to a nice pasta dish too. Word on the street is that you can make them with pre-made pizza dough, which is fine. But over here at Honey Bee’s Recipes headquarters, we don’t cut corners! The following recipe will be using homemade dough for all your go-getters out there. If you want to take the lazy route (no harm in that, Bridget and Kyle!), you can buy some pre-made pizza dough from the grocery store and substitute it in.

Ingredients – Garlic Knots Dough:

  • 1/2 cup of warm water
  • 2 1/2 tsp of self-rising yeast
  • 1 tbsp of honey
  • 3/4 tsp of kosher salt
  • 1 tbsp of olive oil (I used the spray version)
  • 1 3/4 cups of all-purpose flour

Ingredients – Garlic Butter Coating:

  • 2 tbsp of olive oil
  • 2 tbsp of melted butter
  • 3 cloves of garlic, smashed in garlic press (or minced)
  • 2 tbsp of fresh parsley, minced
  • sea salt to taste

Directions:

1) In a small bowl, mix the yeast, honey and warm water. Let the mixture sit for 5-10 minutes or until foamy. (See example below)

2) While the yeast is being activated, combine the dry ingredients (really just salt and flour) in a large bowl.

3) Add the yeast mixture and oil to the flour and mix.

4) Knead until the dough comes together in a smooth ball.

5) Place the dough ball in a large, lightly oiled bowl, cover and let rise for 2 hours. You can simply keep it on the counter with a dish towel draped over it.

6) When the 2 hours is almost up, preheat the oven to 450°F.

7) After 2 hours of rising, remove the dough and immediately punch it down gently to flatten.

8) Tear off small, golf-ball sized portions from the dough and roll them into long strips. Then, carefully tie each strip into a knot. I found it easier to have a little extra flour on the dough before tying, so the dough didn’t stick together as much.

9) Place the knots on a baking sheet, and bake for 14-15 minutes, or until golden.

10) While the knots are baking, prepare your garlic butter spread. Simply melt the butter in a small bowl and combine with the other ingredients. Set aside.

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11) Remove your garlic knots from the oven and, while hot, brush on your garlic butter coating.

Don’t those just look scrumptious?! I would love to hear any variations to this simple garlic knots recipe that you have tried or what dishes you serve them with! Comment below.

Sonja Stein

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