Since moving to Richmond Dana and I have been trying out all of the pizza places.  We have been trying to see which one was the best.  We are still testing them out but the one thing that they all have in common is garlic knots.  Basically a knot of pizza dough baked, and then covered in a garlic olive oil mixture.  Delicious by anyones standard.

Garlic Knots

  • 1 pizza dough– (recipe for Basic Pizza Dough)
  • Kosher Salt
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 tbs olive oil
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Pizza Sauce or Marinara for Dipping

The first step is to make the pizza dough and let it rise till it doubles.  Here is a simple and easy pizza dough. If you are running short on time, almost all grocery stores have pre-made pizza dough in the deli section.  Or, you can always stop by a local pizzaria and purchase the pre-made dough.

The Dough

Divide the dough into 8-16 equal pieces, depending on the size of the knots that you like.

Divide and Conquer

Next Roll each piece out like a snake.  Then make a knot in the center.

Make a knot

Fold the leg of the knot that comes over the top, under and through the knot.

Fold the leg under

Then fold the leg of the knot that is under the knot, over and connect it to the other leg that you just pushed through the knot.

Fold the leg over and through

Repeat this for all of the dough pieces.  Place the knots on a greased cookie sheet or parchment lined sheet. Lightly salt the knots with kosher salt.  Cover the knots loosely with a piece of plastic wrap that has been sprayed with cooking spray.  Let the knots rise till doubled.

Allow to rise

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

Place the risen knots into the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes until they are nice and brown.

Nice and Browned

While the knots are cooking, mix the olive oil, garlic and Parmesan in a bowl.  Set aside.

Garlic Oil

Remove and let cool for 5 minutes.  Then brush the garlic mixture over the knots.

The Garlic Knot

Serve hot immediately with a side of marinara.

These can be served at room temperature too.  It is up to you.  I like them hot.  They are super easy to reheat too. Place them in a 350 degree oven for 5-6 minutes.

Rex is an avid griller, barbecuer and bacon enthusiast. He is the Pitmaster for the Rex BBQ competition team. Rex was also featured on the TV show American Grilled. If you have any questions or wish to have Rex decode your favorite dish, click on the ASK REX link in the menu above.

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