Garlic knots

Quick and easy garlic knots | Photo by Brave New Food

When judging restaurants, some people [see: me] care a little too much about the bread. There’s nothing worse than a bucket of peanuts or worse — nothing — on the table where the following should be:  warm, yeasty goodness to fill up on before your entrée. There’s probably a reason corporate restaurants have begun to offer things like “soup, salad and breadsticks.” People dig bread.

This is a simple, no finicky yeast-required bread recipe. Okay, I’ll admit it. It’s cheating. This calls for canned biscuits as the dough. However, the end product, I hope you’ll find is pretty darn tasty (and quick). And need I remind you that this is a beginner’s guide to cooking Italian? ;)

  • 3 tablespoons salted butter (melted)
  • 1 tablespoon and 1 teaspoon grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 section of pressed garlic (or 1 tsp. minced garlic)
  • Dash pepper
  • 1 (12 ounce) can refrigerated buttermilk biscuits
  1. In a small bowl, combine butter, cheese, parsley, oregano, garlic and pepper; set aside.
  2. Open biscuits. Roll each portion into a 6-in. rope; tie in a loose knot. Place on greased baking sheets.
  3. Bake at 450 degrees F for 6-8 minutes or until golden brown; immediately brush with the Parmesan mixture. Serve warm or freeze for up to 2 months.

[Source: Slightly altered from Allrecipes.com]

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10 Responses to Garlic knots

  1. aflaten says:

    Best part? I can totally dip these in Granny Zeller’s marinara sauce.

  2. etprovost says:

    Mmm, now if I can just perfect GF garlic knots!

  3. I agree. You cannot overrate the importance of good starters. When a restaurant serves up packaged rolls and one of those McD’s-type salads (you know, the ones with the generic lite Italian dressing?), it’s like showing up for a date in ratty jeans and a cut-off T. Doesn’t mean you can’t end up having a good time, but it takes a lot to overcome a bad first impression.

    Oh, and those knots look great (read: have tons of garlic).

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  8. plainjane says:

    I kind of want to make these with cinnamon instead of garlic. Have you made any dessert versions?

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