Garlic knots are a classic appetizer at any Italian restaurant. But did you know that there are many variations of the classic garlic knot? In this article, we’ll be exploring how to make homemade garlic knots and how to spice up your garlic knots with other variations and ingredients.
What is a Garlic Knot? How Do We Make Homemade Garlic Knots?
First, we must address what a garlic knot is, for those of you who do not know. A garlic knot is a twisty dough with lots of garlic and buttery goodness. They are pretty common in Italian-American restaurants as an appetizer or side dish. But how do we make these delicious garlicky knots? First, mix together the flour, salt, yeast, and water. Then add oil, fresh garlic, freshly grated Parmesan cheese, salt, and pepper. Next, knead the dough until it’s smooth and elastic. You can use your hands to knead or you can use a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook. Let the dough rise for an hour to an hour and a half. Then, roll out the dough, and wrap it around a fork or wooden spoon to make the “knot” shape. The spiral shape is what makes the “knot” part of the name. Once the dough is wrapped, you simply bake it at 400° Funtil it’s nice and puffy. Homemade garlic knots usually take about 15-20 minutes to bake, so it is a fairly quick process. This makes homemade garlic knots a great quick recipe to make when having last minute guests over.
Prosciutto and Arugula Garlic Knots Recipe
This recipe is a different take on the classic garlic knot recipe above. Instead of using butter, you’ll be using olive oil, which makes the recipe a bit healthier. The ingredients for the prosciutto and arugula garlic knots are as follows: 1 cup all-purpose flour, 1/2 tsp baking powder, 1/2 tsp salt,1/2 tsp garlic powder, 1 tbsp olive oil, and 1/2 cup water. For the topping ingredients, you will need: 1/2 cup arugula, 2 slices (about 1 oz) prosciutto, freshly ground black pepper, 1 tbsp olive oil, and 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar. Begin by preheating your oven to 400° F. Then, mix together the flour, salt, baking powder, and garlic powder. Next, add the olive oil and water and mix until a soft dough forms. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until the dough is smooth. Let the dough rest for 10 minutes. Then, divide the dough into ten equal parts. Roll each piece of dough into a long strip that is about 1/2 inch in width. Take one end of the strip and wrap it around your finger, a wooden spoon, or a fork, letting the other end dangle down. Take the loose end and wrap it around the middle of the finger knot. Repeat with the remaining nine dough strips. Place the garlic knots on a baking sheet and top with arugula and slices of prosciutto. Bake for about 15 minutes, or until the knots are golden brown. Drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar before serving. Enjoy!
Buffalo Chicken Garlic Knots Recipe
Buffalo chicken garlic knots is a spin on the original homemade garlic knot recipe with a spicy kick. The blue cheese dip on the side helps balance things out. The ingredients for the buffalo chicken garlic knots is as follows: 2 cups all-purpose flour, 2 tsp baking powder, 1/2 tsp salt, 2 tbsp butter, melted, 1/2 cup milk, 1 cup shredded rotisserie chicken, 1 clove garlic, minced, 1/4 cup buffalo sauce. For the blue cheese sauce ingredients, use 1 cup blue cheese dressing and 2 tbsp sour cream. Begin by preheating your oven to 400° F. Then, mix together the flour, salt, and baking powder. Add the butter, milk, shredded chicken, garlic, and buffalo sauce. Knead the dough until it’s smooth and elastic. Let the dough rest for 10 minutes. Then, divide the dough into ten equal parts. Roll each piece of dough into a long strip that is about 1/2 inch in width. Take one end of the strip and wrap it around your finger, letting the other end dangle down. Take the loose end and wrap it around the middle of the finger knot. Repeat with the remaining nine dough strips. Transfer the knots to a baking sheet. Bake for about 15 minutes, or until the knots are golden brown. While the knots are baking, make the blue cheese sauce. Simply mix together the blue cheese dressing with the sour cream. Serve the buffalo garlic knots with the blue cheese dip. Garnish with blue cheese crumbles on top.
You can never have too many variations of the classic homemade garlic knot recipe. Try our classic recipe, prosciutto and arugula recipe, or buffalo chicken recipe at home today! Or, if you'd rather, stop by Palermo's Pizza in Parsippany, NJ to try our homemade garlic knots today!