These easy Garlic Knots with Spicy Tomato Oil are a simple appetizer that you can throw together in minutes!
Do you watch food network? Of course you do. Because you are just like me, you love food. I love how the whole foodie scene has grown over the past 10 years due to technology. A few years ago cooking shows were basic, no one followed food trucks and gastropubs were nonexistent. But thanks to social media, the speed of smart phones and TV, the foodie world is alive and well. Even food blogging wasn’t a thing up until a few years ago. Some people still give me a confused look when I tell them I run a food blog but thanks to Pioneer Woman and Pinch of Yum, the food blogging world has really caught on.
Truth be told, 5 months ago I didn’t even know what food blogging was, let alone how to run one. But after Stella was born I wanted to stay home with her, yet my workaholic self wasn’t going to be satisfied unless I had something to create, run, and manage. So my husband bought me my first DSLR camera and I’ve been creating in the kitchen ever since. It has been a great creative outlet for me and I have grown to love the whole process from creating the recipes, to sharing them with all of you.
Today’s recipe was inspired by Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. I love that show. I have Food Network or the Cooking Channel on all the time for background noise and once in awhile I will see a recipe that I really want to recreate. One night late last week I saw this Spicy Tomato Oil and I got right into the kitchen the next morning to whip up my own.
This appetizer is so simple and comes together really quickly. The garlic knots are simply biscuit dough cut in half and rolled into knots. You could also use refrigerated pizza dough. I prefer the pizza dough but Nick really likes the biscuits so that is what I used here. For the Spicy Tomato Oil, I started with some really good quality olive oil. After heating it, I added in pieces of sliced garlic to let them caramelize. Afterwards I added crushed San Marazano Tomatoes because they truly have the best flavor. For the spicy element I used red pepper flakes and a little bit of sriracha. You can adjust these measurements according to how much spice you like.
Baby Stella and Nick devoured these and are already asking me to make them again. They really are the perfect, no fuss, appetizer!
- Garlic Knots:
- 1 Can Buttermilk Biscuits
- ¼ Cup Olive Oil
- 1 Teaspoon Garlic Salt
- 1 Tablespoon Italian Seasoning Blend
- ½ Cup Parmesan Cheese
- Spicy Tomato Oil-
- ½ Cup Olive Oil
- 4 Garlic Cloves, cut into thin slices
- 1 (28 oz.) Can Crushed Tomatoes, I used San Marazano Tomatoes
- 2 Teaspoons Salt
- 2 Teaspoons Sugar
- 1-3 Teaspoons Red Pepper Flakes
- 1-2 Tablespoons Sriracha
- Garlic Knots: Preheat the oven to 350°. Cut each biscuit in half. With your hands roll each biscuit half into a rope about 5 inches long. Tie each rope half into a knot. Brush each knot with olive oil, garlic salt and Italian seasonings. Bake for 12-14 minutes. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese. Serve with spicy tomato oil.
- Spicy Tomato Oil: In a saucepan heat the olive oil on medium heat for 2 minutes. Add in sliced garlic. Cook the garlic slices for 5-8 minutes or until they have begun to slightly caramelize. Add in the remaining ingredients. Cook on medium heat for 5 minutes, stirring frequently to allow the oil and tomatoes to meld together. Serve immediately.
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