Stuffed Garlic Knots

Rocksteady and I have an unhealthy obsession with Pizza Hut’s stuffed crust pizza topped with pepperoni and the “Hut Favorite” crust seasoning. Like we could would eat it almost every night for dinner if we could afford it. (And that’s while we are still cheating on it with local New York style and homemade grilled pizza once in a while.) Last week, I decided it was past time to play stuffed crust copy cat in the kitchen. I thought I could (dare I even say it?) make it better–the essence of the stuffed crust in a garlic knot. Thankfully, hungry husband was right there snatching knots out of my hands. Or I could would have eaten all 10 standing at the kitchen counter.

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Stuffed Garlic Knots

Makes 10 knots

 

1 ball of pizza dough (quick & easy recipe link included below)

4 oz mozzarella, cubed into 10 pieces

20 slices pepperoni

¼ c butter, melted

4 garlic cloves, minced

1 Tbls fresh parsley, chopped

 

Preheat oven to 375.

Combine butter, garlic, and parsley in a small bowl. Divide dough into 10 pieces. Roll each piece into a 10” or so log. Place one piece of cheese and two pepperonis in the middle of the log. Tie the dough into a fat knot, stretching it around the cheese and pepperoni and pinching to enclose it.

Space the knots an inch or two apart on a foil lined baking sheet. Spoon half the garlic butter mixture on before baking. Bake 20-25 minutes or until lightly browned on top. Spoon the rest of the garlic butter mixture on top and enjoy!

Here’s the Quick & Easy Pizza Dough recipe I’ve been using for years. Make double so you can freeze one. Trust me. You’ll want it on hand for another batch of these knots.

 

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