Our Mini Family: Italian Garlic Knots

Italian Garlic Knots

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Life has felt a little bit off-kilter this month. 

Adam and I have had the same schedule for months and months, and finally having to change our schedules has taken a lot of adjustment. We have been so used to having "real" weekends and spending our Saturdays and Sundays relaxing, and now that our days off have switched we are feeling out of it. Our household chores have suffered, our laundry pile grows bigger and bigger by the minute, and I cannot tell you the last time I had an empty sink and all of my dishes were clean. 

Not to mention I have completely dropped the ball on Valentine's Day this year. I was hoping to have all of these cute decorations put up around our apartment--I had plans to make this adorable heart garland out of felt that I saw on Pinterest, and I wanted to make some chocolate heart candies to surprise Adam with on Valentine's Day. But no. None of that happened. 

Our Valentine's Day was spent catching up on work and chores and having dinner at home. And you know what? I'm totally okay with that. Sometimes, marriage isn't glamorous. You may have grandeur plans for the most romantic night of the year and then life hits you in the face. At that moment, you take a look in your freezer and see what you have that you can make for dinner. A few days ago, I made us these Italian garlic knots and prepared Bertolli® Shrimp Scampi & Linguini Pasta and we enjoyed a quiet, productive Valentine's Day at home.

Italian Garlic Knots
*yields 8 garlic knots

  • 1 package of crescent roll dough
  • 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon of ground black pepper
  • 1 stick of unsalted butter
  • 10 garlic cloves
  • 1/4 cup of grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons of fresh parsley
  • (Optional) Paired with Bertolli® Shrimp Scampi & Linguini Pasta, 24 oz.
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees (F).
  2. Begin melting a stick of butter in a medium stovetop pan on low.
  3. Mince garlic cloves and stir into the same pot as the melting garlic. Keep the mixture on low heat, stirring occasionally. Cover the pot and keep it on low heat.
  4. Shape each piece of bread roll dough into a long, thin piece of dough. Fold a knot in the center of the piece of dough, and place it onto a baking sheet. Spread a small amount of olive oil and ground black pepper on each knot.
  5. Bake the knots in the oven for 5 minutes, then remove from the oven and sprinkle with garlic butter, then Parmesan cheese, and then fresh parsley.
  6. Place the knots back in the oven and bake for another 5-7 minutes, or until they are golden brown.
  7. Serve immediately and enjoy!

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I've always believed that date night at home can be just as if not more fun than a night out. But knowing that we weren't able to make plans the night of Valentine's Day was a big pill to swallon for whatever reason, and I had to take a moment to really stop and reflect on things I am grateful for and to not let our failed plans make me upset. 

I have so much to be grateful for--our family is happy, healthy, and we have a roof over our heads. Just because we don't have a fancy dinner out on the town on Valentine's Day doesn't mean I'm not lucky or able to have a romantic night with my husband. The Bertolli® motto, "Don’t just eat. Mangia” has really resonated with me this week. Eating at home on Valentine's Day can be just as romantic as getting dressed up and heading downtown. By choosing to stay in for the holiday, we were able to play catch up on our responsibilities and also spend time together by sitting down to have a meal together as a family.

Head to Fry's (and all other Kroger stores) to pick up Bertolli® Meals for Two--they will be the lowest price of the year!

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  1. Oh man, it's a bad day to try to cut carbs with that tempting post! My mouth is salivating!

  2. These look absolutely delicious!! I'm going to make soon :)

  3. We never go out to eat on Valentine's Day. It's my birthday too, so Iike to avoid the crowds and enjoy my favorites at home with the whole family. #client

  4. These little garlic knots looks delicious. I'm going to try these next week. Thanks for sharing!

  5. these look amazingly delicious! Must try this recipe! Thank you for sharing!

  6. My kids love pasta so every week, I make sure we have at least one pasta dish. I always love a good bread paired with a pasta and this sure looks like a good one. I have to try this.

    Belle | www.OneAwesomeMomma.com

  7. So easy. So yummy. Must try this out.

  8. These look delish! I love crescent rolls!

  9. These look so delicious!!! I definitely will be trying these!!!

  10. Wow, this garlic knot recipe looks amazing! I love trying new bread recipes, thank you for sharing! I can't wait to try it!

  11. Yum! These look delicious! I will have to make this on our next Italian night!

  12. These look seriously delicious!! I can't wait to give this recipe a try!!

  13. Great little twist in the old garlic toast. I'll definitely add these to my "to-make-for-the-wife" list. Thanks for sharing and great photos!

  14. Yummy yummy these look so good, I need to try making them! Thanks for sharing.

  15. Mmmm! I love, love, love garlic knots!

  16. It's a good thing you have pictures, because "bread roll dough" implies yeast dough. Fortunately, the pictures make it clear that it is crescent roll dough. You should really change the wording in your recipe to make it clear.

    1. You make a really great point--I appreciate your feedback and for the suggestion! I'm going to change it now. Thank you!

  17. Those look utterly amazing! I love garlic knots...

  18. The recipe looks good....but how long do you bake them? What do you do with the cheese in the ingredient list? Sprinkle on top? If yes, when? Before bakinh?

  19. This recipe looks sooo tasty! A couple things seem to be missing. How long do you bake them and when to use the cheese. Sprinkle on before baking?

    1. Hi, Denise! Thank you! We noticed we had a glitch where half of the recipe wasn't showing, so thanks for letting us know! The full ingredients and directions should be showing up again. Thank you for bringing this to my attention by commenting!


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