Garlic Knots and Looks Can be Deceiving

by Pamela

garlic knots, garlic rolls, appetizers, garlic butter

This past Sunday I took part in a pizza making contest at a restaurant up in the Valley called Rosti Tuscan Kitchen.  The contestants were all a bunch of food bloggers, so you can imagine the level of competition that was going on.  Actually there wasn’t much competition really going on since we all pretty much knew one another.  It ended up being quite the friendly good time.  Upon leaving our little get together, we each received a container of their fresh pizza dough.  Since I had already eaten enough pizza to last me the month, I couldn’t even think of turning the dough into another pizza.

As I was driving home I remembered these amazing garlic knots I used to get at this little hole in the wall place near where I was working.  Their aroma was so heady, the people working in the offices next door could smell them and would seductively summon them into my office.  Believe it or not, that was actually a good thing because the quantity of garlic knots they would give you was enough to feed an army.  I was happy to share.  The other good news/bad news that went along with these little doughy garlic rolls was the fact that they were fried before they took a bath in garlic butter.  It’s no wonder they were so delicious.

I wasn’t about to fry these garlic knots, although the thought did cross my mind momentarily.  I knew I could bake them and get that same incredible flavor.  Instead of just using garlic and oil to coat these little dough balls of love, I used a combination of olive oil and butter to achieve a more balanced and richer flavor.  Of course, I didn’t focus much on tying these knots up to look all nice and pretty.  That’s one of my downfalls.  I have to admit that it was very difficult for me to find one that wasn’t quite so phallic looking to photograph.  I know what you’re saying to yourself “oh that silly girl, she’s always got her mind in the gutter.”  Trust me, it was not intentional and believe me when I tell you that they came out of the oven all puffed up and golden and looked quite pornographic.  Clearly sometimes things look like something they’re not.

The only downside to making these little garlic rolls is that Craig wasn’t home when I made them.  Leaving me alone with a pile of piping hot garlic rolls is a very bad thing.  Because I kept trying not to be around them, I would take part of one and leave the kitchen to do something else.  Of course I’d go back and tear off another piece and leave.  I am now in the process of cleaning up greasy fingerprints on my computer, the TV remote, the door knob and the dog.

Relationship Advice

So along the lines of objects looking like things they’re not I thought I would take this opportunity to test and educate you.  I’m going to display a series of pictures and you need to guess if they’re sex toys or dog toys.  Consider this an educational session because knowing what these things are can either keep you from making an ass of yourself or from someone making an ass out of you.  I’ll let you guess for a while and then I’ll come back with the answers.

Row #1 Dog Toy-Dog Toy-Sex Toy

Row #2 Sex Toy-Dog Toy

Row #3 Dog Toy-Sex Toy-Dog Toy

To reveal the answers, highlight the lines with the row numbers.

Dog Toys and Sex Toys

Dog Toys and Sex Toys


Garlic Knots

Makes 8 knots


  • 1 Pound Pizza Dough (either store bought or homemade pizza dough)
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil (plus more for brushing)
  • 2 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter
  • 4 Cloves Garlic (minced)
  • 1 Teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Dried Basil
  • 3 Tablespoons Freshly Grated Parmesan Cheese


Preheat oven to 400 degrees Farenheit.

On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough into a 10″ x 6″ rectangle.

Cut 8 strips 6″ long and tie into any shape knot you like.  You can also cut the strips down to 3″ in length if you would like smaller knots.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and arrange the dough knots with 2″ spacing between each of them.

Lightly brush the tops of the dough with olive oil.

Bake for 15 – 20 minutes.  Garlic knots are done when they are lightly browned.

While the garlic knots are baking add the 2 tablespoons of olive oil, butter and minced garlic to a small saute pan.  Over medium high heat, melt the butter and begin browning the garlic.  Once the butter is melted, turn the heat to low and continue browning the garlic.  Stir the contents of the pan frequently so that it doesn’t burn.

When the dough is done, remove the knots from the oven.

Pour the garlic mixture into a deep bowl and add the salt and basil.

Put the garlic knots into the bowl and toss to coat with the garlic mixture.

Add the Parmesan cheese to the bowl and toss to thoroughly coat the garlic knots with the cheese.



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marla {family fresh cooking} September 15, 2010 at 8:01 pm

Sex toys or dog toys hilarious….I am too tired to even guess. That tells you something about how exciting my world is huh! Hope you were able to Windex off all those greasy finger prints. Dang, these knots sounds great! Missed you guys at Rosti 🙂

Pamela September 16, 2010 at 5:27 pm

Still finding prints. You’d think I had kids around here with all the prints I’ve found. Argh! Thankfully the dog is self-cleaning

Evan @swEEts September 15, 2010 at 4:10 pm

I think I would have eaten the whole batch of those garlic knots before my boyfriend got home for sure! They sound fantastic!! As for the toys.. I’m thinking some are for doggies and some are for another style of doggie haha

Pamela September 15, 2010 at 4:54 pm

I had to take half of them and throw them in the freezer to keep me from eating them all. I ate half before I did that though.

Belinda @zomppa September 15, 2010 at 4:00 pm

You are so funny! I’m thinking dog toys………I wouldn’t be able to resist the garlic knots either!

Nancy September 15, 2010 at 1:36 pm

Having a tough day so of course I had to come for a visit to MMB – and as usual you didn’t disappoint in either the food or the “advice”. Since I don’t have a dog and don’t anything about sex toys I have no clue what any of the pics are – but am looking forward to finding out!!!

Bianca @ South Bay Rants n Raves September 15, 2010 at 1:20 pm

First of all, I’m glad you were in a friendly competition, those are just more fun & less stressful. Second, the description of the garlic knots reminded me of the kind my parents would bring home every now & again from a simple Italian restaurant in a strip mall on Long Island where I lived. It’s just not the same out here.
Third… it’s scary how those toys can go either way. I’m scared to know what’s what!

Barbara | VinoLuciStyle September 15, 2010 at 11:47 am

All I know is what I know and I know I have a pull toy for my dog and a leash like the top photo.

Pamela September 15, 2010 at 1:20 pm

You may be in for a surprise.

Jennifer September 15, 2010 at 11:47 am

I think 1 and 3 are dog toys and 2 are sex toys b/c if 3 are sex toys I don’t wanna be having sex with the person that uses them. ;-D As for the garlic knots, they look delish. We used to get these amazing knots at a restaurant at work and I’ve always wanted to make some, but didn’t have a recipe. Now I do!

Pamela September 15, 2010 at 1:22 pm

tee hee…I’ve got a secret……all will be revealed later today….

Lentil Breakdown September 15, 2010 at 10:37 am

Aren’t all three sex toys? I had the same experience with some amazing garlic rolls down the street from where I worked too. Yours weren’t on mid Wilshire at a now-defunct place called Risi Bisi, were they? Your roll looks and sounds amazing, even if it can double as a sex toy.

Pamela September 15, 2010 at 1:19 pm

I got mine from O&Co in Marina Del Rey…they might not be able to double as a sex toy but some of them sure looked like they were.

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