Monday, November 21, 2011

In the Kitchen: Parmesan Bread Knots

This past weekend we had a party with some of the folks from my husband's job. I've been collecting pins of appetizers and party food on Pinterest for months (follow me on Pinterest!) so I was positive we'd have the best spread around.  But of course I procrastinated and didn't plan out the menu or do the shopping until the day of the party. Oops!  Needless to say, I was freaking out that I wasn't going to have time to make all the food AND finish all the last minute projects we had going on around the house. Oops again.  Apparently I like to overbook myself whenever it's time for an event.  I work better in chaos.

Anyways, I was browsing my "Soiree" pin board when I found this awesomely fast, cheap, and YUMMY recipe for parmesan bread knots over on the Real Mom Kitchen blog. Laura adapted the recipe from one in an issue of Simple and Delicious. It was THE easiest appetizer I've ever made but it looked like I spent forever on it.  Of course I forgot to take a picture but for once, mine came out looking just like the ones in the original picture! On top of that, I didn't use exact measurements. I went all Julia Childs and just eyeballed all the seasonings...that shows you how easy this really is! You most likely have all the ingredients already in your kitchen and anything you don't have can be bought for like $3.

My one tip would to be add extra seasonings for even more flavor (I added extra parmesan to the second batch).  Though I liked the knots with the seasoning on top, one of the commentors on the original post mentioned that they brushed the seasonings on the dough before tying and baking it so that the flavor would be spread throughout. Definitely something to try next time.

So without further ado, I give you...

Parmesan Bread Knots

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Picture via Laura, Real Mom Kitchen

*Adapted from Real Mom Kitchen. Notes in red are my own comments/edits
    1. 1 tube refrigerated buttermilk biscuits ( I used cheap ones from Aldi and they were delicious!)
    2. 1/4 cup canola oil (don't use vegetable oil. they'll turn out too greasy)
    3. 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese (I added extra)
    4. 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
    5. 1 teaspoon dried oregano
    6. 1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
    1. Preheat oven to 400°
    2. Roll each biscuit into a 12in rope and tie into a knot, tucking the ends under. Place 2in apart on a greased baking sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown. 
    3. Combine the remaining ingredients in a bowl. Brush the mixture over the knots while they're still warm. 

    By the way, if you're looking for a delicious artichoke and spinach dip, I made this one from Joyful Abode and it was delicious! She doesn't say how much garlic salt to use and I accidentally put too much but everyone said they liked it and the bowl was completely empty when the night was over so I guess it was good afterall!

    Happy cooking :)

    1 comment:

    1. I made these a few times and have been a great hit with my coworkers (my boss especially)! And this quick and easy recipe made it a no-brainer on what to bring to the staff potluck.