garlic knots

garlicknots_baked

Twice in the last week I had to quickly whip up an appetizer or a snack to share with a group that did not require a trip to the store.  With a few of my favorite kitchen staples, I put together these flavor-packed garlic knots.  They were simple, inexpensive and easy, using only what I had on-hand.

Did I mention that they were mind-blowingly easy and DELICIOUS??

garlicknots_serve

The tasty morsels were a hit with our small group last week, so I made them again for an Easter gathering with extended family.  These are a guaranteed crowd-pleaser!

(Recipe follows, after the photos!)

garlicknots_ingredients

garlicknots_spreadgarlicknots_foldgarlicknots_cutgarlicknots_tieIngredients:
1 Pizza Dough
4-6 Tbs Butter, softened
Garlic, grated
Seasonings (salt, pepper, Italian or Oregano)
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Flour for dusting

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In a small bowl, combine soft butter (I set a stick on the counter for at least one hour) with garlic, seasonings and oil.  Set aside.
  3. Sprinkle flour over a clean surface (I used a Silpat for easy clean up) then roll out the dough in a big rectangle.
  4. Thoroughly spread butter mixture on one half of the dough.  Go ahead, be generous ;)
  5. Fold the dough in half lengthwise.
  6. Using a pizza cutter, butter knife, or offset spatula, cut strips along the shorter width end.
  7. Tie each strip into a knot, pinch the two ends together to create a seam.
  8. Set the knot on a sheet tray, seam side down.
  9. Bake for 12-15 minute or until it starts to turn golden.

garlicknots_marinara*Bonus points: serve this along with homemade marinara sauce!
*Sprinkle with grated parmesan to really show off. 

Talk Back: Do you have a great last-minute snack recipe?  Please share in the comments!

XO, s

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