Monday, November 3, 2014

Motivation for your Monday: Leftovers! Garlic Knot Recipe

That's right! I don't always enjoy serving leftovers to my family but tonight that is just what we are having! And do you want to know the reply I got? "Yay!" I love that! This week I have at least three new recipes to share with you that came of yesterday's meal! I often like to make Monday's special because with as many people who complain about Monday.. I want to give a reason for my family to look forward to it! That's right! Things like "clean sheet day", dessert, or a meal that they can look forward to is always a nice way to end the first day of a busy week.

The recipe I am going to share with you is a yeast bread recipe. I LOVE making bread! For me it is a release, and it is one of those things  that you really have to put some love into to make it come out just right. So if your having a bad day, please just mark this recipe for the future and make some toast instead!

1 1/2 cup warm water
1 TBS sugar
3 tsp yeast
2 TBS oil
3 1/2 to 4 cups flour
1 tsp salt

Garlic Butter
4 TBS butter
4 TBS minced garlic
1 tsp Italian seasoning + additional
1/4 tsp garlic salt + additional
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese + additional

1. In a measuring cup mix water, sugar, and yeast and let "bloom" for ten minutes.
2. In a large bowl add 3 cups of flour, salt, and oil. Add in bloomed yeast into flour mixture and mix by hand with a wooden spoon. Add in flour as needed until dough comes together. Knead on counter or board for five to eight minutes until dough become soft and relaxed. Your dough should not be tough!
3. Put dough into an oiled bowl and flip to oil entire loaf of dough. Allow to rise for an hour or until doubled.
4. Divide dough into 16 even pieces. Roll each piece out into a snake. Take each snake and make a "ribbon" like is used for awareness. Which ever end is on the bottom fold up and tuck into center and do the reverse with the one on top until it looks like a knot.  Place on a lined cookie sheet that is sprayed with non stick spray.
5. Bake in a preheated 400* oven for five minutes.
6. Melt butter and add in all ingredients over medium in a sauce pan while rolls are baking those five minutes.
7. Pull out rolls and brush with garlic butter. Sprinkle all the rolls with additional garlic salt, Italian seasoning, and Parmesan cheese. Return to oven and bake for another 8 minutes or until all the rolls are golden brown.


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