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Begin with Dough
Do you want to replicate those yummy garlic knots from your favorite local pizza shop in the comfort of your own home? I love baking some of these when I have some extra dough in my fridge or freezer—and they’ll make your whole house smell delicious.
Similar to making a challah roll, it’s easy to make the requisite “knot.” You can even use challah dough if you have it on hand, or pizza dough. If you don’t want to make the dough yourself, pick some up from your local pizza shop or grocery store.... One small dough ball will give you six knots.
To start, remove a dough ball from the refrigerator and let sit for 1 hour. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 450º.Continue to 2 of 14 below.
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Prep the Garlic Mixture
Chop or grate some fresh garlic (about ½ a clove per knot) and fresh parsley (about ½ teaspoon per knot), and grate some Parmesan cheese (about 1 teaspoon per knot). Combine in a small bowl.Continue to 3 of 14 below.
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3. Add Oil or ButterPour melted butter or olive oil over garlic mixture (about 1 tablespoon per knot) and stir well. Set aside.Continue to 4 of 14 below.
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Stretch and Flatten DoughOn a floured surface, gently flatten out dough ball and stretch it out with your hands.Continue to 5 of 14 below.
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Shape DoughSpread out dough to a small rectangle shape (about 6 inches x 6 inches) and flatten, but don’t put too much pressure on the dough or handle it roughly.Continue to 6 of 14 below.
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Slice DoughUse a pizza cutter to slice dough into 1-inch wide strips.Continue to 7 of 14 below.
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Roll Into TubesGently roll strips into tubes to fatten them up. Stretch from the ends if necessary; they should be about 6 inches long.Continue to 8 of 14 below.
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Make the Knots, Step 1Take one tube and lay it flat. Take one end and place it over the other, forming a loose circle.Continue to 9 of 14 below.
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Make the Knots, Step 2Take the end of the top layer and gently push it through the hole, creating a loose knot.Continue to 10 of 14 below.
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Make the Knots, Step 3Don't pull the knot too tight, the ends should hang out a little on either side and the knot should be nice and puffy so it has room to grow. Repeat the three knot steps with the remaining tubes.Continue to 11 of 14 below.
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Prepare Knots for BakingArrange knots on a greased baking sheet or pizza screen.Continue to 12 of 14 below.
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Make the Knots GarlickyBrush knots with garlic mixture and reserve any extra. Bake in oven at 450º for 15 minutes, or until golden.Continue to 13 of 14 below.
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Recoat KnotsWhen knots are done baking, brush another layer of remaining garlic mixture on top.Continue to 14 of 14 below.
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You can now savor your delicious garlic knots. Feel free to experiment with other herbs, cheeses, and spices. These are also delicious with some added heat from a pinch of cayenne pepper.