These Muffin Tin Garlic Knots are easy and delicious…and they’re the perfect game-time appetizer!
I love garlic. Seriously. It’s one of my favorite ingredients to cook with. I often add a bit of minced garlic in the pan whenever I’m sauteing onions for soups, tacos, you name it. I find that it adds a nice depth of flavor to a finished dish. You don’t need to overload the pan with garlic either. I mean, you can overload the pan. Especially if you are afraid a vampire might be watching you. But just a little bit of garlic goes a long way.
But I hate cutting garlic. I love the flavor, and I use it a lot…but I hate cutting it. Sure, professional chefs can dice up a garlic clove in like 2.3 seconds flat. But I’m not a professional chef. Sure, there are plenty of garlic choppers and mincers out there that make the job easier. But I hate kitchen unitaskers. My kitchen cabinets and drawers are already full, so I’m sure as heck not giving up valuable space for a rolling garlic chopper. Nope. Instead I just buy pre-minced garlic. (Plus, I don’t want to have to clean some little tool full of sharp blades. Call me crazy and all…)
My friends know that I spend a lot of time in the kitchen, and every once in a while someone will ask what my favorite kitchen hack is. Easy. Pre-minced garlic. It’s my #1 kitchen hack. When I first started to learn my way around the kitchen, I used a lot of baking mixes and even some of those pre-made dinner kits. But over time, I’ve slowly migrated to making more and more from scratch. I just enjoy baking/cooking from scratch. But I don’t enjoy mincing garlic. Call it a weakness. Call me lazy. I prefer to think of myself as working ‘smarter not harder’!
So while I usually just use garlic as a way to build flavors in a recipe, garlic takes center stage in these Muffin Tin Garlic Knots. I mean what’s not to love about a buttery, garlic-y, pull-apart roll? Not to mention the Italian herbs and salt that goes on top, too? But consider yourself warned: once you smell these Muffin Tin Garlic Knots, you won’t be able to resist snacking on one or six.
And these Muffin Tin Garlic Knots are actually quite easy to make. As you can guess by the name, they get baked in a muffin tin…nice and easy there. They’re essentially just pizza dough transformed into knots. I love making my own pizza dough, but feel free to grab a batch of dough from the store or perhaps even your local pizzeria. (Bonus kitchen hack: Local pizza shops will sometimes sell batches of their dough. Call and check!)
These Muffin Tin Garlic Knots would be a huge hit while watching football games. I speak from experience here. Enjoy!
What are your favorite time-saving kitchen hacks?
Muffin Tin Garlic Knots
- 24 oz. pizza dough homemade or store-bought
- 1½ Tbsp olive oil
- 5 Tbsp unsalted butter
- 2 Tbsp Parmesan cheese grated
- 2 tsp garlic minced
- 1½ tsp Italian seasoning
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- Spray muffin tin with nonstick spray; set aside.
- Divide the pizza dough into 12 equal pieces (~2 oz. each).
- Cut each piece of dough into 5 pieces. Using a circular motion, roll each piece of dough between countertop and palm of your hand until dough ball becomes tight. Place 5 balls of dough into each muffin cup. Brush tops of dough with olive oil.
- Cover pan and place in a warm location for 1 hour, or until dough has risen ~1” over top of pan. (Tip: For a warm location, I put the pan in my oven with just the oven light on.)
- Once dough has risen, bake at 350°F for 28-30 minutes, or until tops of garlic bread are lightly browned.
- While garlic bread is baking, melt the butter and stir in the Parmesan cheese, minced garlic, Italian seasoning and kosher salt.
- Remove garlic bread from oven and brush with the garlic butter mixture. Serve hot.