Garlic Knots

Posted on by on May 7th, 2012 | 36 Comments »

Yes, I am on a garlic kick. 2 posts in a row featuring this amazing ingredient. Call me addicted but I just cannot get enough of it. I could probably devote an entire blog to just garlic recipes. Seriously. And, with kilos of it sitting in my attic drying out, it could very well happen. Don’t judge, we all have our vices.

In my last post, caramelized garlic tart, I raved about my love for the cookbook Plenty that Katherine had given me for my birthday. While flipping through the book we happened upon some homemade pasta recipes and drooling over the photos decided on making two of them for a pasta night dinner party.

I’m not sure how it is outside of my home state but any legit NY pizza/pasta joint will have garlic knots. Buttery, garlicy, make your hands and face all oily, garlic knots, and there is nothing better. Since I had my pile of fresh garlic drying out in my attic there really was no other choice but to make these for pasta night.

These knots come together rather simply and to save you some time you can always use pre made pizza dough. These garlic knots are made with a pizza dough recipe from Emeril that I found on Food Network, and with some added garlic to the dough it was perfect. It is super easy to work with and  delicious. You can also change the amount of buttery garlic sauce to fit your tastes. Mine was made with a lot of garlic, obviously.



For Dough:

1 cup warm water
2 teaspoons instant yeast
1 teaspoon honey
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 cups unbleached flour
1 teaspoon salt
2 garlic cloves, minced

For Butter Garlic Topping

1 cup butter
5 large garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 1/2 teaspoons salt
Parmesan cheese to garnish
Fresh parsley, chopped for garnish


In a mixing bowl combine yeast, flour and salt, set aside.
In another large bowl, combine the water,  honey, and 1 tablespoon oil, stirring to combine.
Add some of the flour mixture to the honey mixture, mixing by hand until combined and the mixture is smooth.
Continue adding flour a bit at a time, mixing the dough after each addition, until the dough is smooth but still slightly sticky.
fold minced garlic into the dough.
Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until it is smooth but still slightly sticky.
Oil a large mixing bowl with remaining olive oil and place the dough in the bowl, turning to coat with the oil.
Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and set in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 1/2 hours.
Preheat oven to 375F and grease 2 large baking sheets and set aside.
Once dough has risen, remove from the bowl and place on a lightly floured surface.
Using a rolling pin, roll dough out into a large rectangle.
Brush the dough lightly with the olive oil and cut in half lengthwise and then cut crosswise into strips about 1 1/4 inches wide.
Tie each strip loosely into a knot and place on prepared baking sheets about 2-inches apart.
Cover with a kitchen towel and let rise in a warm place for about 30 minutes.
Bake until golden brown and risen, about 20 minutes.
While knots are baking make the butter garlic sauce by combining the butter and garlic in a saucepan oer medium heat until melted.
Cover sauce and keep warm.
Transfer to a large mixing bowl and toss gently with the warm garlic butter and salt.
Sprinkle some Parmesan cheese and parsley on top, and serve immediately.

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  1. Posted on: 5-7-2012

    I’m so glad you posted this recipe – these were SO good!!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 5-8-2012

      Pasta night again soon so we have an excuse to eat more of these!

  2. Posted on: 5-7-2012

    I do need to get off my butt and make these. This version does look amazing. I saw some in Central Market and based on the price they were very proud of them. I told myself I could make them at home. However, the idea floated out of my head.
    This is a delicious reminder! That last photo is a great way to show off that wonderful texture. Delicious post!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 5-8-2012

      You can definitely make these Tina! So much better (and cheaper) homemade anyway!

  3. Posted on: 5-7-2012

    I’m completely in love with garlic too. Can someone make a roasted garlic candle to keep burning in my kitchen?

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 5-8-2012

      Oooo I like your thinking! A roasted garlic candle. You are onto something here!

  4. Posted on: 5-8-2012

    I love that you’re on a garlic kick! It’s just so darn delicious. And I’ve had garlic knots that friends have made, and they are always SO tasty. But I’ve never made them myself. I have to do this!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 5-8-2012

      It really is just so delicious. There could definitely be worse kicks to be on 🙂

  5. Posted on: 5-8-2012

    I do not mind such a kick – nothing beats the delicious taste of garlic 😀
    These look awesome!

    Choc Chip Uru

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 5-8-2012

      I couldnt agree more!!

  6. Posted on: 5-8-2012

    I cannot get enough garlic recipes – so post away. Saving this – they are beyond delicious – they nourish the spirit. Trouble is, I can eat this like candy!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 5-8-2012

      I am with you Claudia! These can for sure be dangerous to have around.

  7. Posted on: 5-8-2012

    Knots are my favorite roll shape! And anything with garlic is OK by me…so yummy!!!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 5-8-2012

      I love knots too, Liz! They are just fun to eat and when loaded with butter and garlic, well, you really cant beat that.

  8. Posted on: 5-8-2012

    I have those days, ok weeks when I am on the garlic kick…and I am not even pregnant:))) Those look fantastic Beth, love the recipe!!!!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 5-8-2012

      Hahahah I dont think you need to be even close to pregnant to be on a garlic kick 🙂

  9. Posted on: 5-8-2012

    How can I cook with plenty of garlic and that say why I buy load of them every week. Love the knots and looks so tempting.

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 5-8-2012

      Thanks Nava! They are beyond tempting. Especially hot out of the oven!

  10. Posted on: 5-8-2012

    This looks amazing! I’m totally making these this week.

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 5-9-2012

      Yay! Hope you enjoy them!

  11. Posted on: 5-8-2012

    Garlic is such a versatile ingredient and these buns look great, but I’m beyond intrigued about the caramelized garlic tart (?!).. going to check it out right now!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 5-9-2012

      Thanks!! I do love garlic. The caramelized garlic tart is utterly amazing.

  12. Posted on: 5-8-2012

    So glad you popped into my blog as it meant me finding yours! Really like this recipe. We don’t get garlic knots in the uk. Really like your dough recipe. The addition of honey really intrigues me. a bit of a garlic fanatic myself so will have to give this a go.

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 5-9-2012

      So glad you came by!! No garlic knots in the UK?! That’s so sad! You must try tem!!!! If you are a garlic fanatic you will for sure love them!

  13. Posted on: 5-9-2012

    These sound amazing! The garlic lover that I am I am glad there is plenty of garlic in them! They are beautiful as well :)!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 5-9-2012

      Thanks Amy!! The more garlic the better seems to be the consensus around here!!

  14. Posted on: 5-9-2012

    Hi, i like garlic flavor specially in baking u done so perfectly…..

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 5-9-2012

      Thanks Daksha! If you’re a fan of garlic you will love these!

  15. Posted on: 5-9-2012

    I love garlic. I cook with garlic a lot. Those garlic knots looks amazing.

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 5-9-2012

      Thanks Christine!! I too love and cook with garlic a lot…obviously 🙂

  16. Posted on: 5-9-2012

    hi..thanks to your comment on my post i found your blog…its awesome…absolutely love i..following you on fb……..the garlic knots are really..really nice…gonna try them out for a party next week.:)

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 5-9-2012

      Thanks Simran!! Hope you enjoy these 🙂

  17. Posted on: 5-9-2012

    I’m addicted too… keep the recipes coming!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 5-9-2012

      I absolutely will!!!

  18. Posted on: 5-11-2012

    I’ve never seen garlic knots before from pizza/pasta joints (we do have garlic bread but not knotted like these). These look so good. I can totally see myself eating more of this than main course dish (pasta or pizza)… Yum!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 5-19-2012

      They are so so so good Nami!! You will have to try them. Im sure your kids will loveeeee them!

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