It could not be easier to make a Cheesy Garlic Knot and I'm going to show you how!
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Life Lately: Halloween 2017
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So did everyone have a good Halloween? We did all sorts of Halloween events over the last couple weeks. Including a visit to a local farm with various kids activities and pumpkin picking, 3 different trick or treating excursions (rain and shine, my girls are troopers, you guys!) and visit in costume to my Grandma. We still see her other times each month, but I make a point to bring the girls over in their costumes each year. The girls love it just as much as she does, which A reminded me of while we were getting them into costume in her building lobby and A exclaimed "I'm so excited to see Grandma Eve!"
This year, A went between a few costume options. She currently loves PJ Masks (hooray for super heroes!). As I mentioned here, she has an Owlette costume that she received for her birthday as well as jammies that look just like Catboy and a mask we got at a local art show. She also has her Belle dress, but she didn't actually end up wearing that because it's cold in these parts!
It was certainly nice to have options, more specifically options that don't require us to spend additional money. Because costumes are $$$ for something they won't wear very often! But we were lucky enough to find a great deal on the cutest Flamingo costume at Target. And at first she wanted no part of the hood. But then when we went to the annual Trick or Treating that they do at all the businesses in the village we live in, it was raining and T was totally down with the hood after that!
On the actual holiday, we trick or treated in our neighborhood for a little while and my parents and sister came to hang with us. It was pretty cold on Tuesday night and getting dark quickly. A was really not thrilled about being out in the dark, so trick or treating went pretty quickly for us. They were total champs about the cold (they were also pretty bundled up!). A's winter jacket kind of made her costume look like one of those super hero costumes that have built-in muscles which totally cracked me up!
They were totally thrilled to eat candy and chat with our neighbors, but to be honest, the highlight of the night for them seemed to be helping hand out candy. They loved seeing all the costumes and giving all the kids candy! It was a lot of fun and I'll be interested to see what next Halloween brings!
First of all, who loves garlic knots? *frantically waves hands in the air* Have you ever thought about adding the one thing that would make garlic knots better...melty, stretchy cheese? I know, quite the a-ha moment!
Having bread at a meal is always something of a treat. It brings me right back to Grandma's kitchen table enjoying our Sunday sauce and meatballs. While it would be awesome to always have warm bread with dinner, I just don't have the time to be going to the grocery store every few days to make sure it's fresh. And working with yeast terrifies me, so making it is not an option (at least not for now.
So how great it is to be able to grab a container of refrigerated bread sticks and turn them into savory, buttery garlic knots in a matter of minutes. But even more amazing, savory, buttery garlic knots with a cheesy surprise in the middle? Let's just say, when I tested this out, my family's reviews were a sea of enthusiastic "Yassssssssssss!" and whatever the toddler version of that is.
These are best served right away, but you can totally assemble them earlier and store them in the fridge and then slather them with the garlicky melted butter mixture and bake them off ust before you're ready to eat.
It took a couple tests to get the baking temperature right. At first did it at a lower temp for a longer time and I burned the bottoms. Then I reduced the time at the same temp and they didn't brown at all. So I ultimately raised the temp a bit for gorgeous color and the right amount of doneness. It's helpful to line the pan with either a Silpat or parchment paper, because scrubbing sheet pans is not my favorite way to spend my time.These are a great prepare-ahead option for the holidays and your family will totally flip over all that cheesy, buttery goodness!
How to make a Cheesy Garlic Knot the easy way
- 1 package refrigerated bread stick dough I use Pillsbury
- 3 pieces of Mozzarella string cheese cut into quarters
- 5 Tablespoons salted butter melted
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and line sheet pans with a silpat or parchment paper.
- Using a rolling pin, take each piece of bread stick dough and roll it a bit to flatten.
- Place one of the string cheese quarters into a middle and then fold the short edges of dough up and over it to cover.
- Now cross the long sides of dough over each other so that each side is now on the opposite side from where it started.
- Flip the entire garlic knot over so that the crossed sides are underneath the center where the cheese is.
- Gently stretch those sides up to tie a knot (tucking one underneath the other and then very gently pulling both sides to tighten) and tuck the ends under the garlic knot.
- Make sure none of the cheese is exposed and carefully press it between your hands to seal.
- Place the garlic knots on the lines pans with a couple inches between them.
- In a small bowl, mix the melted butter, garlic powder and Italian seasoning until well combined.
- Lightly brush half of the butter mixture onto the garlic knots.
- Bake for 8-10 minutes, until golden.
- Right after they come out of the oven, brush the remaining butter mixture onto each garlic knot and serve immediately.
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