A few nights ago, I made tasty mini stromboli with a pocket mold I picked up at the VNA Rummage Sale. Both varieties – sauce, tomatoes, fresh garlic & mozzarella and a hearty mix of chicken & veggies – turned out really well. However, one of each kind was plenty to feed us for dinner and I was left with a half pound of white and half pound of wheat dough blobbed together. My budget is always important so food rarely gets wasted in my house, giving me an even better reason to get creative and tell you about it!
TIP TIME! A good pizza dough is pretty easy to make at home, but if you’re short on time, pick up a $1/lb ball of white, wheat, or herb from Trader Joe’s or stop by your favorite pizza place. They usually will sell you a ball of their dough for just a few dollars.
One of my fave extras to order from the local pizza joint are garlic knots, usually halved and reheated in the toaster oven for a midnight snack. They seemed like the perfect remedy for my extra pizza dough and were really easy to make. I gathered some fresh herbs from my garden and had the rest of the ingredients on hand as pantry staples. In under 25 minutes, I had a plate of knots and the most satisfying garlic breath ever!
Check out my Easy Garlic Knots recipe after the jump!
Easy Garlic Knots
makes 8 knots
- 1lb pizza dough
- 1/2 stick (4T) unsalted butter
- 6 garlic cloves – minced
- fresh herbs – thyme, rosemary, oregano – chopped (dry if you have to)
- 1T shredded parmesan
- S&P, to taste
- microwave safe bowl
- pizza stone or ungreased sheet pan
- Preheat oven to 425degrees w. stone or pan in the oven.
- Stretch dough out into a rectangular shape, about 1/4inch thick and 8″x10″. It doesn’t need to be perfect.
- With a pizza cutter, slice the rectangle in half lengthwise. Cut each half in half lengthwise again and repeat one more time to create 8 strips of dough. Set aside.
- Slice butter and place in microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 30 second intervals until melted.
- Add garlic, herbs, parmesan, and S&P to the melted butter. Stir.
- Take one dough strip at a time and dredge through butter.
- Tie strip into a knot and continue twisting until ends are tucked in.
- Dredge once again through butter mixture to collect garlic pieces on top of knot. Place on a clean plate.
- Repeat with remaining strips.
- With a spatula, transfer each knot to the hot pizza stone or sheet pan.
- Bake 12-15minutes until golden and garlic begins to brown.
- Serve immediately w. warm marinara sauce.