Parmesan Garlic Knots

These Parmesan Garlic Knots are simple to make and packed with flavor.  They’d be the perfect addition to your Super Bowl appetizer table!

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Brushed with melted butter, minced garlic and shaved Parmesan cheese, these Parmesan Garlic Knots are a delicious appetizer for gameday!Remember how I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that my wife and I had discovered a local brewery that holds a trivia night every Thursday evening?  In that post, I mentioned how we plan on having quick and easy dinners on Thursdays so that we can get over to the brewery by 6:30pm for trivia.  Well, it just so happens that I made these Parmesan Garlic Knots on a Thursday.  Hmmm…garlic knots and beer go well together.  And we’re allowed to bring food into the brewery, but the knots would most certainly be cold by the time we got there.  That’s a problem.

Brushed with melted butter, minced garlic and shaved Parmesan cheese, these Parmesan Garlic Knots are a delicious appetizer for gameday!I pulled out my inner MacGyver skills and came up with a pretty ingenious plan on how to enjoy these Parmesan Garlic Knots and still not miss trivia.  I was meeting my wife and a friend up at the brewery, and my task was to bring snacks.  Well, garlic knots are snacks, right?  But how to keep them hot?

That’s when it hit me.  A brick.  I grabbed a couple of bricks from the shed and wrapped them up in foil.  Then I threw those bad boys in the oven and heated ’em up for about 30-40 minutes.  (I’ve baked some strange things as part of writing Spiced, but this was the first time I’d baked bricks.)  I tossed gently placed those hot bricks in the bottom of a little insulated cooler and then put the Parmesan Garlic Knots on top.  And there ya have it.  We enjoyed steaming hot garlic knots with our beer that night.  But we still lost at trivia.

Brushed with melted butter, minced garlic and shaved Parmesan cheese, these Parmesan Garlic Knots are a delicious appetizer for gameday!Parmesan Garlic Knots

These Parmesan Garlic Knots are a piece of cake to make, too.  A garlic-y, butter-y, Parmesan-y piece of cake.  I used my rustic pizza dough recipe, but you could also use store-bought dough instead. Or you could also try calling your local pizza shop.  Pizza shops will often sell their dough for just a couple bucks, and it’s usually way tastier than the grocery store version.  (Although, with the Super Bowl this weekend, I suspect the pizza shops are going to be needing all of their dough.)

Brushed with melted butter, minced garlic and shaved Parmesan cheese, these Parmesan Garlic Knots are a delicious appetizer for gameday!

I know I’ll be making another batch of these classic gameday snacks for the Super Bowl this weekend.  Trust me, these Parmesan Garlic Knots will disappear faster than Peyton Manning bobbled the snap in last year’s Super Bowl.  (Just kidding…I actually really enjoy watching Peyton play, but even he would probably like to forget last year’s game.)

I’m sharing the recipe for these Parmesan Garlic Knots over on American Heritage Cooking today.  Lindsey is busy getting started on a 6-month journey to become an amazing pastry chef, and I’m jumping in to help her out.  She’s promised me loads of pastries in return.  (Just kidding!)  Seriously, though, if you aren’t following Lindsey, then you should start.  Her cupcakes look like something that should appear on the front of a magazine!  (Her Caramel Apple Cupcakes are one of my favorites…they’re almost too pretty to eat.  Almost.)

Did you make these Parmesan Garlic Knots?  Leave a comment, or snap a photo and tag me on Instagram (@Spicedblog).  I’d love to see your version!

Brushed with melted butter, minced garlic and shaved Parmesan cheese, these Parmesan Garlic Knots are a delicious appetizer for gameday!

Parmesan Garlic Knots

Brushed with melted butter, minced garlic and shaved Parmesan cheese, these Parmesan Garlic Knots are a delicious appetizer for gameday!
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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Rising Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings: 16 knots
Calories: 106kcal



  • Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper; set aside.
  • Place pizza dough on a well-floured countertop or cutting board; roll dough into a large rectangle (~12”x16”).
  • Using a pizza wheel, cut dough in half length-wise, then cut each half into 8 equally-sized strips. (Note: You will end up with 16 total pieces of dough.)
  • Roll each strip of dough into a 6”-7” rope. Tie each rope into a square knot, tucking the ends into the center of the knot.
  • Place knots onto parchment-lined sheet pans; sprinkle tops of knots with cornmeal and then cover lightly. (Tip: I lightly cover my dough with plastic wrap, and the cornmeal keeps the dough from sticking to the wrap.)
  • Cover pans and place in a warm location for 45 minutes, or until knots have almost doubled in size. (Tip: For a warm location, I turn my oven on to 100°F. Then I turn it off and use the oven as a warming area. Just make sure to turn the oven off before putting dough in!)
  • Once dough has risen, brush tops with olive oil.
  • Bake knots at 350°F for 18-22 minutes, or until knots are light golden in color. (Tip: If you have a pizza stone, place it in the oven while preheating; bake knots (still on the parchment paper) directly on the pizza stone.
  • While knots are baking, melt the butter and stir in the minced garlic, Parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning and kosher salt.
  • Remove knots from oven and brush with the garlic butter mixture. Serve hot.

Looking for more tasty Super Bowl appetizer recipes?  Check out these other favorites, too:

Filled with 2 types of Cabot cheese, these Cheesy Stuffed Pretzel Bites are the perfect way to celebrate Oktoberfest and gamedays in the Fall!Cheesy Stuffed Pretzel Bites

Caught in a summer rainstorm?  Move the party inside with a batch of these Pull Apart Cheeseburger Sliders!Pull-Apart Cheeseburger Sliders

Muffin tins can be used for more than just breakfast!  These Muffin Tin Stromboli are packed with Italian meats and cheeses, and they're the perfect football appetizer!Muffin-Tin Stromboli

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  1. Now there’s one thing from your oven that I won’t be begging you to send me! I am referring to your “baked bricks” NOT these knots! I did see these over at Lindsey’s yesterday – David, these sound fantastic! Geez I wouldn’t be able to concentrate on trivia questions let alone think of the answers if I had a plate of these steaming hot Parmesan garlic knots in front of me!

    1. Hahaha! You had me at first, Shashi. I was like, “wait just a minute!!”…but then I kept reading. You know, I’ll be happy to send you some baked bricks. I bet my maillady won’t mess with those! 🙂

  2. Baked bricks… mmm mmm good! Just like stone soup 😉
    Truth told, I’m not sure that these Parmesan garlic knots would be safe around me. My “little” carb addiction would have me scarfing them up quicker than a 2 point conversion! Oh, heck with that… I’m going for the gusto!

    1. Haha…good football reference there, Becca! But back to this stone soup. I’m thinking we could be on to something here. Stone soup with a side of baked bricks. Sounds like a caveman’s delight!

  3. There used to be an Italian restaurant that served the most amazing garlic knots. They were drenched in butter and topped with garlic. They were like tiny, fluffy pieces of heaven. Your recipe has me longing for garlic knots, but my waistline says, don’t even think about making these. LOL!

    1. Haha! Well, everything is ok in moderation, right, Tamara? The only problem is stopping at moderation…these bad boys are super flavorful. I think I could eat an entire batch by myself!

    1. I bet you have more knowledge that you think, Arman! I mean, what happens if there’s a question on gluten-free vs. paleo-free vs. grain-free? Actually, there’s more likely to be a question on Australia. Either way, you’d rock it. I’ll make you some garlic knots…and a brick…if you join our team!

    1. Why thank you, Alpha! Like I offered to Arman, come join our trivia team and I’ll make you all the knots you can eat. Along with a brick. 🙂

    1. Dude! I bet these would have gone great with your soup, Kevin! And yes, we got a couple of odd looks when we unpacked garlic knots at the brewery…but then again, we had knots and they didn’t. Hah. Come on out to the East Coast for trivia and I’ll make you some knots. (Plus, I know you are secretly the trivia wizard…we could use your help! There’s free craft beer for prizes.)

    1. Oh man, I can’t even begin to tell you how awesome the house smells when these bad boys are baking, Manali! I’m tempted to get up and make a batch right now just for the smell! (Ok, I might need to sample 1 or 2 once they’re baked, too…haha!)

    1. Woohoo! Thank you for being an awesome blog friend, Lindsey! I was happy to share this on AHC, and now I can’t wait to see all of the awesome new creations that will be coming out of your kitchen soon. 🙂

  4. Hahaha, love the MacGyver reference… freaking loved that show. Trivia, you say?! Sounds like fun! Maybe we need to make a wolfpack team haha… even better, you play Trivia Crack? I challenge you to a Wolfpack showdown…

    1. Dude! MacGyver was the bomb. Well, sorta. I mean he could disarm a bomb with a piece of dental floss and a paper clip. I wish I was that cool! And yes to the Wolfpack trivia team! I would say that we could do it electronically…but there’s no such thing as electronic beer. I haven’t gotten into Trivia Crack yet, although I clearly need to break down and do it. #WolfpackUselessKnowledge

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