Crunchy and Airy Garlic Knots


What do you smell when you think of a pizza place? Is it the pizza? Maybe lasagna? For me, it’s all about the garlic bread. The garlic aroma that filled the air as soon as you opened the door opened to the neighborhood pizzeria. Mouthwatering, eyes perk up and that’s all you can imagine before you have even taken a seat. You know that red and white checkered table cloth with the grated parmesan and oregano in the glass shaker, sitting in the center of the table.

I knew before I even set foot in that place, I wanted bread. A crunchy garlic shell with a light airy center that was like cotton candy on the inside. Melted in your mouth and took you to a place you didn’t want to leave. May I take your order was all I heard and before the server could finish, I blurted out Garlic Bread. Death stare from mom and the, “I’m getting garlic bread” smirk on my face. This is living!

These are the memories food brings out in us. I have a million of them and they bring back a feeling in me I can’t get enough of. The smell of making these, makes everyone take notice of what is about to come. This recipe brings the corner Italian joint to your kitchen. Cooked in cast iron it’s all about the bread. Along with a basic, simple philosophy, there is a special care that goes into this recipe. Cook what makes you happy and others will be happy eating it. Bread is a simple thing. Most everyone likes it. I don’t think I know of someone who doesn’t love the smell. This embodies everything that memories are about, yet teaches you how to make something so simple. Anytime you’re making the family lasagna, you now have a garlic knot recipe worthy enough to be served alongside it. Enjoy my neighborhood garlic knot recipe, I know I will.

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Garlic Knots

These garlic knots will bring you back to that family run Italian restaurant in your hometown. A light airy crunchy pillow of garlicy heaven.
Servings 8
Prep Time 3 hrs
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 3 hrs 20 mins


  • Measuring Cup
  • Measuring Spoons
  • Sharp knife
  • Bowl
  • Cutting Board
  • Cast Iron
  • Pastry brush
  • 8 qt Sauce Pot


Garlic Oil

  • 2 cups Olive Oil
  • 4 sprigs Thyme
  • 1 ea Bay Leaf
  • 12 cloves Garlic


  • 1 cup Warm Water
  • 1 tbsp. Yeast
  • 1 tbsp. Honey
  • 2 tbsp. Olive Oil
  • cups Flour
  • 1 tsp Salt


  • 2 tbsp Garlic Oil
  • 4 tbsp. Parmesan Cheese grated I
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • 1 tbsp. Parsley chopped


  • In a pot over medium heat add Oil and and heat
  • Once hot add Thyme and Bay Leaf let cook 5 minutes and remove
  • Add in Garlic and let simmer until Garlic floats and is golden brown
  • Strain Oil and let cool
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer add Warm Water, Yeast and Honey, let sit 5-10 minutes until foamy
  • Attach the dough hook to the mixer and turn on low add the Olive Oil and mix
  • Add in Flour and Salt and mix until dough forms, knead on medium speed 10 minutes until the dough is soft and springs back to the touch
  • Place the dough into a Oiled bowl and coat dough, cover with a damp towel or plastic wrap and let rise 1.5 hours, until doubled in size
  • Once doubled in size, punch dough down and shape into an 8 inch log and using a sharp knife or bench scraper cut into 8 equal pieces
  • On a flat surface, using your hands stretch out the dough by rolling with your palms into a 6 inch tube, tie the dough into a knot, place into cast iron pan, repeat until all the dough is knotted
  • Cover dough again and let rise 45 minutes
  • Preheat oven to 400°F/205°C
  • Brush the knots with Garlic Oil and bake 15 minutes until slightly golden brown
  • Top with Parmesan Cheese and bake an additional 5 minutes or until golden brown
  • Season with Salt and Parsley, serve hot
Author: Jason Pepin
Calories: 732kcal
Cost: $10
Course: Appetizer, Happy Hour, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Baking, Bread, Cast Iron, Cheese, Garlic, Honey, Oil, Oven, Parmesan, Parsley, Pepper, Salt, Water, Yeast


Calories: 732kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 64g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 559mg | Potassium: 99mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 238IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 108mg | Iron: 3mg

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