Try making your own….GARLIC KNOTS AND BREAD STICKS!
With Super Bowl Potlucks around the corner….this time how about trying out these delicious garlic knots and bread sticks! So easy to make with just ordinary pizza dough….they will wow your guests without much effort! The fresh garlic herb oil spread towards the end…adds the X-Factor….taking this ordinary bread to a show-stopper level!!
It’s also the season for stews & soups….and they call for some freshly baked bread sticks or garlic knots to give them company! My family is especially BIG on them soup or not….and it’s our little guilty indulgence. 🙂
Also as not everyone is into spending a whole lot of time in the kitchen, I’ll share a couple of options with you! You could use store bought frozen/pizzeria bought pizza dough or make your own! I like to use a mix of all purpose and whole wheat-flour…as it gives nice robust results! 🙂
Make your dough using my pizza dough recipe (using recipe given towards the end of this post. Or you could also use store bought dough.
Roll out into a flat disc.
Cut long strips.
For bread sticks, hold the two ends of each strip and twirl in opposite direction. Place the twirled strips on a greased baking sheet.
For the garlic knots, fold the strips into loose knots and place on greased baking sheet.
Also let shaped dough proof for a good 20 minutes….till the knots/bread sticks look puffy….as shown in the close up below!
Bake in a 450F oven till golden….about 15-20 minutes.
Brush with garlic herb oil before last 5 minutes of baking.
Sprinkle with some Parmesan cheese….serve warm, the perfect accompaniment with some warm soup!
For the herb oil….
Coarsely pound a fistful of parsley and basil with 10-12 cloves of garlic. Mix in some salt and freshly cracked pepper….ready! This Herb oil, can be used to season pastas, as a dipping oil with bread, as a marinade for meats…possibilities are quite endless!
For the Pizza Dough….
Source: Arushi Jain
3 1/2 cup flour
(Or use a combination of atta & maida in the ratio 1:1)
2 tsp dry yeast
1 1/2 tsp salt
3 tbsp oil/butter
warm water to make dough
Make a smooth but slightly loose dough of above ingredients. Cover and keep in warm place for atleast 1 1/2 to 2 hours till it doubles in size and use.