See what I’ve been up to?
They look pretty awesome, right? I made quite a few.
I mean, a LOT. As in, I had to throw them all in a great big gallon size Ziploc bag to store them.
So, you know what I’m gonna do?
I’m gonna give you guys a crap load of excuses (I mean, REASONS) to eat just as many of these Garlic Knots as you want. Because in actuality, garlic is actually pretty good for you. And these have garlic in them. So it all floooooows together.
Incidentally, they are also the “reasons” I gave myself that having just this many carbs in my house is a good idea.
Garlic can combat common sicknesses, including the common cold. Apparently, by 63%.
So when you start to feel those summer sniffles or itching coming on, what do you think you should do?
Have some hot chicken noodle soup. And a Garlic Knot. Of course.
Garlic may improve bone health, minimizing bone loss in females by increasing estrogen in females.
Now don’t get me wrong: you should DEFINITELY keep taking those calcium supplements. Drink your milk. All that good stuff.
But you know what else you should do? That’s right.
Have a garlic knot.
Garlic is chock full of good nutrients. Here’s the breakdown:
- Manganese: 23% of the RDA.
- Vitamin B6: 17% of the RDA.
- Vitamin C: 15% of the RDA.
- Selenium: 6% of the RDA.
- Fiber: 1 gram.
- Decent amounts of Calcium, Copper, Potassium, Phosphorus, Iron and Vitamin B1.
Listen up, cause this is important:
You gotta get your vitamins in, guys. Don’t neglect your health. Eat a Garlic Knot. They’ll make you feel better. Trust me: I know. They’re light, fluffy and oh so delicious. They’ll also be at this week’s Fiesta Friday #78, co-hosted by Judi @ cookingwithauntjuju and Petra @ Food Eat Love.
- 1 ½ cup warm water
- 1 Tbsp Maple Syrup or Honey
- 1 envelope (2 ¼ tsp.) active dry yeast
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- About 4 C flour
- 1 Tsp salt
- 2 Tbsp butter
- 4 Tbsp minced garlic cloves
- 1 Tsp Italian seasoning
- 1/4 Tsp garlic powder
- 3 Tbsp Parmesan Cheese
Combine the water, maple syrup and yeast. Let it sit for 10 minutes.
Stir in the oil then, stir in flour and salt. Add additional flour 1 tablespoon at a time until the dough comes together, if needed.
Knead dough for 5 minutes.
Place dough in a large, greased bowl. Turn to coat dough. Cover the bowl with greased plastic wrap, and let it rise until double in size, about 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 400 F.
Divide dough into 16 equal pieces.
Roll each piece into a dough rope/snake that is about 9-10 inches long and about 1/2-inch thick.
Shape into a knot (fold one end of dough over the other so that it looks like an awareness ribbon. Twist dough at the place where the two sides overlap. Fold ends back, and tuck under). You can also just tie the dough into a knot and leave the ends out.
Place knots on a baking sheet.
Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until light golden brown.
To make the garlic butter, melt butter in a small saucepan.
When the butter has melted, stir in the garlic, Italian seasoning, garlic powder and parmesan cheese.
Toss knots in the garlic butter