My #MardiGras2016 season is off to a rip-roaring start – on Sunday (after my sister and brother-in-law left), the New Orleans Fire Department came to the house after one of my electrical outlets sparked. Luckily, I had an extinguisher to put out the fire. The firefighters arrived very quickly and used a thermal imager to confirm that the fire was indeed out. With the circuit breakers now off for that end of the house, I just have to wait until I can get an electrician out.
After the adrenalin drained off, I was left craving carbs and sugar. I ate part of a chocolate bar but I really wanted buttery, garlickly bread knots from my favorite pizza place. Unfortunately for me, there were parades between me and them, so I pulled out a refrigerated can of pizza dough and made my own.
These are super good and loaded with flavor. They are also an example for when store bought dough works just as well as homemade.
Garlic Butter Knots
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
8 medium cloves garlic, minced
3/4 cup grated Three Cheese Blend (Parmesan, Romano & Asiago), divided
Flour for dusting
1 store-bought pizza dough, about a pound of dough
Pizza sauce for serving
Heat butter and oil in a 10-inch cast iron skillet over medium heat until butter melts. Add garlic and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Transfer mixture to a large bowl and stir in 1/2 cup of cheese. Do not wipe out skillet.
On a lightly floured surface, divide dough in half. Working one piece at a time, roll or stretch into an oblong about 8 inches long and 4 inches wide. With a knife, cut into 12 strips. Repeat with other half of dough.
Tie each strip into a knot and transfer to bowl with garlic butter mixture. Toss and fold with your hands until every knot is thoroughly coated in mixture. Transfer the knots to the skillet in a single layer. Cover tightly with plastic and set aside in a warm place until doubled in size. This will take 90 minutes to 2 hours.
When ready to bake, preheat oven to 425°F and adjust oven rack to center position. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup cheese. Transfer to oven and bake until golden brown and crisp, 20 to 30 minutes.
Remove from oven and immediately brush with melted butter or extra-virgin olive oil. Sprinkle with extra cheese. Serve right away straight from the pan or with warmed pizza sauce on the side.
The pieces just tear apart and are so delicious!