When I was in Cape May, New Jersey, I experienced the best melt-in-your-mouth, garlicky knots at a pizzeria. Yes, an unforgettable, pillowy dream of carbs has made a lasting impression on me! Apparently New Jersey is known for their garlic knots! Pizza shops use scraps of dough to make these crusty on the outside, light and fluffy on the inside knots. Since I don’t live in New Jersey, I had to create a way to have these dreamy knots at my fingertips. I like to make my own dough (dough is probably one of my favorite things to make…call me crazy!) So if you don’t have a hankering for making your own dough, the store bought kind will work perfectly. Just look for some pre-made pizza dough at your favorite grocery store and let the fun begin! Trust me tying the dough in knots is fun! (Well, maybe when you come to the 32nd knot, the fun has diminished slightly.) But don’t think for one minute you need to make less than 32. Last night I had thrown some leftovers in the refrigerator and I was going to come home from work and freeze the rest, to my surprise they had all vanished except for a few. If you think you have too many, trust me, you don’t. Your friends and family will pop these in their mouth one right after the other!
Pizzeria-Style Garlic Knots
Easy Garlicky Knots are coated with melted butter, Italian seasoning, fresh parsley and Parmesan. The perfect accompaniment to sopping up a good ole Italian meal, or ANY meal!
- 1 pound pizza dough 14 ounce package store bought or homemade
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon garlic minced
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
- 1 tablespoons fresh parsley
- Pinch of Kosher salt
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- Pizza sauce or marinara sauce for serving
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment or spray generously with cooking spray.
On a lightly floured surface, separate the pizza dough into fourths. Working with one piece at a time, flatten into rough 4x5-inch rectangles.
Slice the dough rectangles into strips: Using a pizza wheel, slice each dough rectangle into 4 long strips (1 x 5-inches). Cut these strips in half in the middle so that you have 8 (1 x 2.5-inch) strips. Take the ends of the dough and stretch and tie into a knot. (over, under, and through); and place on prepared baking sheet.
In a small saucepan, melt the butter and oil. Once butter has melted add the the garlic, and cook for 1 minute over medium-low heat. Remove from heat and stir in the garlic powder, Italian seasoning, parsley and a pinch of Kosher salt.
Bake knots for 5 minutes. Then brush the garlic knots lightly with the garlic butter. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, or until the knots are golden brown. Remove from the oven and brush with the remaining butter mixture . Sprinkle each garlic knot with Parmesan and additional Kosher salt to taste.
Serve with warm pizza sauce or marinara sauce.