This week on Tasty Tuesday....
Earlier this year I went to a cooking class just for the heck of it and one of the things we made was garlic knots. They were so easy and so damn good we make them fairly often now.
I made up a batch last night and thought I'd share :)
Delicious garlic knots for any occasion :)
The original recipe calls for fresh parsley but I never have that on hand.
Dried works just fine.
Mix warm water, honey, yeast and olive oil then cover and place in a warm oven or microwave.
I usually go for the oven and just turn the oven light on when I'm first getting ingredients pulled together.
Allow yeast mix to sit for 5 plus minutes until foam starts to appear.
Now mix in the flour. It's a little gross feeling but using your hands is the easiest way to go here.
Add in half of the flour and mix until smooth then add in the remaining flour in increments.
Knead until combined and dough is only slightly sticky.
Coat a clean mixing bowl and the dough with olive oil.
Place in microwave or oven and let sit for an hour.
One thing I noticed that helps if if you turn the microwave or oven light on when you're just getting started so it's slightly warm when you put the dough in to rise.
The dough should double in size.
Once it has remove it from the bowl, knead slightly then cut into pieces.
[the recipe up until here is actually for pizza dough and is very tasty]
You can make the knots whatever size you'd like.
Roll each out and fold into knot shape.
I went with a medium size and cut my dough into 11 pieces.
Microwave butter/garlic until melted.
Don't add parsley until after you've basted the rolls the first time.
Brush with butter/garlic mix then bake for 10 minutes.
Brush again then bake 10 more minutes.
Last step is to pull them out of the oven, give them one more coat of buttery garlic goodness then toss a bit of Parmesan cheese on the top.
These smell fantastic and are delicious with pasta or Eggplant Parmesan (my favorite combo).
They're best hot out of the oven.
Basic Pizza Dough Recipe:
1 cup warm water
3 cups flour
1 envelope active dry yeast
2T extra virgin olive oil
- combine water, yeast, honey, 1T olive oil and let sit about 5 minutes until foam appears
- Add 1 1/2 cups flour and 1t salt to the water/yeast mix and combine using your hands until smoothish
- Add remaining flour 1/4 cup at a time until dough is smooth and slightly sticky kneading 3-5 minutes
- Coat the bowl and dough with olive oil, cover and let sit in warm area until doubled in size (about an hour)
Garlic Knots Recipe:
Pre heat oven to 375 degrees, makes approx. 12 knots
1/2 cup unsalted butter
3T garlic, minced (you might want less depending on your garlic preference)
2T fresh parsley, chopped (you can use dried as well)
1T olive oil
1t course salt
1/4 cup Pecorino Romano/Parmesan cheese
- Combine butter/garlic and microwave until melted then set aside.
- After the pizza dough has risen punch it down then cut into 12 pieces
- Roll each piece out into a snake like shape then form into knots
- Place each knot 2 inches apart on a baking sheet
- Sprinkle with salt. (You can cover then let sit for 30 minutes like the recipe calls for but I never wait and they turn out fine)
- Brush rolls with butter/garlic mix then bake for 10 minutes
- Add parsley to garlic butter mix and brush onto knots, then bake 10 minutes
- Place knots on cooling sheet and toss Pecorino Romano or Parmesan cheese onto their center
- Best served fresh from the oven