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Savory Homemade Garlic Knots: A Treat for Your Taste Buds

Learn how to make fluffy and buttery Homemade Garlic Knots. This mouthwatering recipe will help you create these tantalizing treats right in your own kitchen!

July 15, 2023
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Difficulty Medium
Servings 4 people
Preparation 150 mins
Cooking 20 mins
Total 170 mins



  1. In a large bowl, dissolve the yeast in warm water. Allow it to sit for 5 minutes until it becomes frothy.
  2. Add the olive oil, salt, and flour to the yeast mixture. Stir until a dough forms.
  3. Knead the dough on a lightly floured surface for about 5-7 minutes, until it's smooth and elastic.
  4. Place the dough in a greased bowl, cover it with a clean kitchen towel, and let it rise in a warm place for about 1-2 hours, or until it has doubled in size.
  5. Preheat your oven to 375 °F (190 °C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  6. Punch down the dough and turn it out onto a floured surface. Divide the dough into 12 equal pieces.
  7. Roll each piece into a 10-inch long rope, then tie it into a knot. Arrange the knots on the prepared baking sheet.
  8. Bake the knots for 15-20 minutes, until they're golden brown.
  9. While the knots are baking, make the garlic butter. Melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add the minced garlic and cook for 1-2 minutes until it's fragrant. Stir in the chopped parsley and salt.
  10. Brush the baked garlic knots generously with the garlic butter mixture. Serve warm and enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 Homemade Garlic Knots
Serves 4
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8 g10.3%
Sodium 350 mg15.2%
Protein 5 g10%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.


  • Use good-quality pizza dough or bread dough. You can make your own dough from scratch or use store-bought dough. Ensure that the dough is fresh and properly risen for the best texture and flavor.
  • To make dough at home, try our ‘Homemade Pizza Dough’ recipe.
  • The water used for the yeast should be warm but not hot, as high temperatures can kill the yeast.
  • Roll out small pieces of dough into long ropes, then tie them into loose knots. This helps ensure even cooking and a beautiful presentation.
  • When kneading the dough, add more flour if it's too sticky. The dough should be smooth and not stick to your hands.
  • If you want to prepare the dough ahead of time, you can let it rise in the refrigerator overnight.
  • Prepare the garlic-butter mixture. To brush over the knots, in a small saucepan, melt butter and add minced garlic, dried herbs (such as parsley or oregano), salt, and a pinch of red pepper flakes for added heat. Allow the flavors to infuse together.
  • Brush the knots generously with the garlic-butter mixture both before and after baking. This helps infuse the knots with a rich garlic flavor and adds a nice shine to the finished product.
  • For a spicier kick, sprinkle some crushed red pepper flakes into the garlic-butter mixture.
  • Preheat your oven to the recommended temperature (usually around 375-400°F or 190-200°C). Place the knots on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, leaving space between each knot for them to expand. Bake until they turn golden brown and have a slightly crispy exterior.
  • Once the knots are out of the oven, brush them again with the garlic-butter mixture for an extra burst of flavor. Optionally, sprinkle them with grated Parmesan cheese and chopped fresh parsley for added visual appeal and taste.
  • Serve them warm. Garlic knots are best enjoyed when they are warm and fresh out of the oven. Serve them alongside marinara sauce, pizza sauce, or a creamy garlic dip for dipping.
  • To keep the knots warm for serving, cover them with aluminum foil until ready to serve.
  • If you have leftovers, store them in an airtight container once they have completely cooled. To reheat, you can place them in a preheated oven for a few minutes or briefly microwave them.
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Garlic knots - a heavenly combination of garlic, butter, and fluffy dough - are an undeniable favorite in Italian-American cuisine. Our recipe will guide you step-by-step in creating these fragrant, mouthwatering morsels.

Garlic knots are comfort food, offering a delightful blend of soft, doughy texture and an explosion of garlicky goodness. It is perfect for a side dish, a snack, or even a party appetizer, these homemade garlic knots are sure to delight!

What Are Garlic Knots Made Of?

Garlic knots are typically made from a simple pizza dough, which is tied into a knot and then baked. After baking, the knots are brushed or tossed with a mixture of melted butter, garlic, and parsley.

Where Did Garlic Knots Originate?

Garlic knots originated in the pizzerias of New York City as a way to use leftover pizza dough. They quickly became a popular side dish due to their delicious taste and affordability.

Are Garlic Knots Vegan?

Traditional garlic knots are not vegan due to the use of butter. However, they can be easily made vegan by substituting the butter with a plant-based alternative.

Here are some tips to make Vegan Garlic Knots:

  • Dough: Use a vegan-friendly dough, such as one made with water, flour, yeast, and salt. Check the ingredients to ensure there are no animal-derived components.
  • Butter Substitute: Instead of using regular butter, opt for a vegan butter substitute or margarine. Look for a product that is specifically labeled as vegan and does not contain any dairy ingredients.
  • Garlic Flavor: You can still achieve a delicious garlic flavor by using minced garlic mixed with olive oil. Simply sauté the garlic in the oil until fragrant and use it to brush over the knots.
  • Cheese Alternative (Optional): If you want to add a cheesy flavor, consider using vegan Parmesan cheese or a sprinkle of nutritional yeast, which can provide a similar savory taste.

By making these substitutions, you can create a vegan-friendly version of garlic knots that still offers the aromatic garlic flavor and satisfying knot shape. Always double-check ingredient labels to ensure that the products you're using are indeed vegan.

What To Serve with Garlic Knots?

Garlic knots are a versatile and flavorful accompaniment to many dishes. Here are some ideas for what to serve with garlic knots:

Pasta dishes: Garlic knots are a classic pairing with pasta dishes. Serve them alongside spaghetti with marinara sauce, fettuccine Alfredo, or baked ziti for a complete Italian-inspired meal.

Soups and Stews: Pair garlic knots with hearty soups or stews. They are great for dipping into tomato soup, minestrone, or a comforting bowl of chili.

Salads: Serve garlic knots with a side salad for a satisfying and flavorful meal. Their soft texture and garlic-infused butter make a delicious complement to crisp greens and fresh vegetables.

Pizza: Garlic knots are a delicious addition to a pizza night. Enjoy them alongside your favorite pizza, either as an appetizer or to soak up the sauce after you finish your slices.

Mediterranean Mezze: Create a Mediterranean-inspired spread with garlic knots as part of a mezze platter. Serve them with hummus, tzatziki, olives, and roasted vegetables for a flavorful and diverse meal.

Grilled or Roasted Meats: Garlic knots can be a tasty side dish for grilled or roasted meats. Serve them alongside steak, chicken, or pork for a flavorful accompaniment.

Sauces: Serve them with dipping sauces like marinara, ranch, or garlic aioli for a crowd-pleasing treat.

Appetizer Platters: Include garlic knots as part of an appetizer platter along with other finger foods like bruschetta, cheese, cured meats, and vegetable crudités.

Remember, the versatile and savory nature of garlic knots means they can complement a wide range of dishes. Feel free to get creative and pair them with your favorite flavors and cuisines for a satisfying and enjoyable meal.

How Do You Reheat Garlic Knots?

Garlic knots can be reheated in the oven at 350 °F (175 °C) for about 5-10 minutes, or until warmed through. This helps to maintain their texture and flavor.

The Delightful History of Garlic Knots

Garlic knots have a charm that's deeply rooted in their origin. Born out of a desire to minimize waste and maximize taste, these fragrant knots made their debut in the bustling pizzerias of New York City. The ingenuity of the chefs led to this creative repurposing of surplus pizza dough - it was simply tied into knots, baked until golden, and then rolled in a delicious mixture of garlic and butter. This stroke of culinary genius resulted in an appetizer that quickly became a cherished part of the city's cuisine.

More than Just a Side Dish

Although garlic knots started as a way to use leftover pizza dough, their popularity soon transcended their humble beginnings. Today, they're not just a complementary side dish to pizza or pasta, but a standalone treat enjoyed by many. They grace the tables of family feasts, provide comfort as a late-night snack, and are a hit at parties and gatherings. Their soft, chewy texture paired with the aromatic allure of garlic and butter makes them irresistible.

Creating Magic with Simple Ingredients

The beauty of garlic knots lies in their simplicity. With just a few basic ingredients - dough, garlic, butter, and parsley - you can create a snack that's truly magical. Each knot is a bundle of joy, carrying within it the warmth of the oven and the loving care of homemade cooking. And our recipe ensures that you too can recreate this magic in your own kitchen. So why wait? Let's tie the knot with these delicious garlic wonders!

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