As a kid, pizza night was a wonderful occasion!
Our mom would make the dough and gather all the ingredients, but when it was time to assemble the pizzas it was all hands on deck! We would press the dough into a baking sheet and then add sauce and all the toppings we could find, and of course cover the entire thing with cheese. I remember standing around the kitchen counter with my brothers arguing about what would go on which side of the pizza. They made it very clear that they didn't want any "disgusting vegetables" on their half of the pizza, and I was more than happy to keep them for myself!
Sometimes if we were lucky there would be some extra dough that we would turn into bread sticks. That was particularly exciting, because it meant we got to have an appetizer before the main meal! (Life's all about the little joys right) We would dip them in ranch or tomato sauce or, if we were feeling decadent, we would make this cheesy tomato dipping sauce that was so good and so not healthy, a little kids dream!
To this day I still get excited at the thought of having homemade pizza nights, and these cheesy, garlicky knots are a fun variation on the breadsticks we had. The dough is soft and pillowy, and the salty, garlicky goodness of the topping hits the spot perfectly. Of course you can dip these in whatever sauce you want but they are also just a delicious on their own and oh so addicting. This recipe is so simple and easy to work with, you could use this dough for just about anything from pizza, to a loaf of bread. I encourage you all to make these garlic knots for yourself the next time you have a pizza night or any ordinary night for that matter!
Garlicky Parmesan Knots
1 1/4 cups warm water
2 tsp. yeast
1 tsp. salt
3 cups flour
Stir the yeast into the warm water and let sit for about 10 minutes, until the mixture is foamy.
Add 2 cups for flour and mix well until the flour is combined.
Dissolve the salt in 3 tsp. of warm water and add to the dough. Mix well.
Add the remaining 1 cup of flour until the dough is no longer sticky.
Dump the dough onto a floured work surface and knead until it is smooth and elastic.
(about 10 minutes)
Place the dough in a greased bowl and cover with a damp cloth and let raise in a warm place for 1 hour.
Once the dough has doubled in size punch it down and dump onto a floured work surface.
Roll out the dough into a rectangle with about a 1/4 inch thickness.
Using a knife, cut the dough into strips about an inch wide.
Take the strips one at a time and twist them.
Then, carefully form a knot with the dough tying it in on itself.
Place the finished knots on a greased or parchment lined baking sheet.
Brush the knots with melted butter and garlic.
Put in a 350 degree oven for about 10 minutes.
After 10 minutes have passed, brush the knots with butter again and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and place back in the oven until golden brown, about another 5-10 minutes.
Let the knots cool for a couple minutes and enjoy!