Be warned, these garlic knots are addictive, in the best way possible! They are tender, flavorful, and perfectly crisp. The knots are brushed with garlic oil and pressed with minced garlic, but the garlic never overpowers. Dipped into marinara sauce, these knots ascend to the status of a full meal if you’re not careful to resist their charms.
To make these garlic knots, get some pizza dough. Either make your own like I did here, using this recipe, or buy some pre-made dough from the supermarket.
Make the garlic oil by pouring about 1/2 cup of olive oil into a small pot. Use a knife to crush 3 cloves of garlic, and drop them into the pot. Heat the oil over low heat so that bubbles form around the garlic, without letting the garlic brown. Let the oil simmer for about 15-20 minutes until it picks up the garlic flavor. Then, strain out the garlic cloves.
On a floured surface, divide your pizza dough into 12 even pieces.
Form the pieces of dough into knots: roll a ball of dough into a long strand. Tie the strand into a normal knot, as if you are tying your shoes. Tuck the loose ends of the strand underneath the knot. Repeat the knotting process with the rest of your pieces of dough.
Brush the bottom and sides of a 10 inch cast iron skillet with the garlic oil. Place the garlic knots in the skillet in an evenly-spaced pattern. Brush the knots with more of the garlic oil, and set the knots aside to rise a little bit more.
Preheat your oven to 400º F. Mince up 4 or 5 garlic cloves and grate 1/2 cup of parmesan cheese.
When the garlic knots have puffed up a little bit more, gently press some of the garlic into each knot. Season the tops of the garlic knots with salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes, and then sprinkle over the parmesan cheese.
Bake the garlic knots for 15-20 minutes, rotating the skillet around halfway through for even browning. When the garlic knots are browned and have a nice crust, remove the skillet from the oven. Brush the garlic knots with even more of the garlic oil. It’s amazing how much of the oil they can absorb!
Serve the garlic knots with some marinara sauce, and then untie those knots and eat them up. I crave these garlic knots, but I can’t control myself around them. I wish you better luck!
- Pizza dough
- Garlic- 7 to 8 cloves
- Olive oil- 1/2 cup
- Salt and pepper
- Red pepper flakes
- Parmesan cheese- 1/2 cup, grated
- Marinara sauce