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In case you still have your Arizona Republic newspaper from today (May 23rd), check out page 4 of the D section.  If you don’t get or don’t still have the paper, you can see the same thing at this link from AZCentral.com

We attended a wonderful college graduation party on Saturday for my dear friend Laura’s daughter Megan. Laura and I have been friends since high school, we were in each others’ weddings, and are godmothers to each others’ children. Laura and her two sisters, Mary and Shawna, are like my sisters, they are my second family, so there was plenty of reminiscing going on all afternoon.

One of the many things that came up was food (of course!) and one of those foods was these wonderful little garlic bread balls served at a restaurant at the Venice Pier in Marina Del Rey, California, C & O Trattoria.

They are called “Killer Garlic Balls” for good reason – they are free, brought to the table throughout the meal, and are amazingly addictive. If you think the endless chips and salsa at Mexican restaurants are bad…

Here is a picture of the Killer Garlic Balls from the C & O website.  Although the photo of mine don’t look as browned, it’s honestly just the poor quality of my photo versus the high quality of their photo, mine are nicely browned too.

At the request of Laura, Mary, and Megan, I’ve done my best to duplicate those little gems. I think I got pretty close, I’ll let my ladies be the judges… and congratulations, Megan, you’ll knock ‘em out in Austin! xoxo

Garlic Knots (C & O Killer Garlic Balls Knockoff)

Dough
1  3/4 cups warm water
1/4 cup olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar
1  1/2 tablespoons yeast
4  1/2 to 5 cups flour
Knot Making
Olive oil
Flour
Garlic Coating
3 tablespoons olive oil
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
4 garlic cloves, peeled and finely minced
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1/4 cup finely minced fresh Italian parsley
Sea salt to taste

Dough: In the bowl of a standing mixer, combine water, olive oil, salt, sugar, and yeast in a large bowl. Let stand for 10 minutes to proof the yeast.

Add flour, one cup at a time, until completely incorporated; knead well then return to bowl, cover, and set in a warm spot to proof until doubled in volume, about 1 hour.  Once the dough has risen, refrigerate the dough for about an hour, this makes it easier to handle while knotting. (The dough will keep refrigerated for several days if you want to make ahead of time)

When ready to roll out, oil a large wooden cutting board and a rolling-pin liberally with olive oil. Line 2 baking sheets with silpat mats or parchment paper and set aside.  Oil your hands to help keep dough from sticking to them. Take half of the dough and slap it onto the oiled board several times to flatten.  Using the rolling-pin, roll out into a 5-inch x 16-inch rectangle that is 1/2-inch  thick.  Use a pizza cutter or sharp knife to slice the rectangle into about twenty 3/4-inch x 5-inch  strips.

Sprinkle the dough strips and the board with flour. Taking the strip nearest to you, roll it back and forth to create an even rope. Tie into a knot (over, under, and through) and place on the lined baking sheet. Place knots about 1 1/2-inches apart.  Flour your hand, the dough, and the board as needed to help keep  the dough from sticking to itself while forming the knots.

Continue making the remaining knots with the second half of the dough. Once each baking sheet fills up, cover with a dry kitchen towel, and place in a warm, draft-free spot to rise, doubling in size, about 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. After knots have risen, remove towels and place in the oven. Bake for 12 minutes, or until lightly golden.

While knots are baking, make garlic coating.  Gently warm olive oil, butter, garlic, and Italian seasoning in a small saucepan. Remove from heat, stir in parsley and set aside in a warm spot.

After removing knots from oven, while still warm, pour coating into a large bowl, add knots and toss with garlic coating. Season with sea salt to taste.

Serve warm.

Makes about 40


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8 comments

1 Linda Hopkins { 05.23.11 at 11:43 AM }

As Marissa was just leaving for work, she said to me, “Mom, you can never ever make these again, I can’t stop eating them.” I told her, Please eat the rest now or they’ll be gone before you get home from work, I already had 3 for breakfast!” I’m thinking of renaming them, “Diablo Knots”

2 Patti Pullen { 05.23.11 at 1:46 PM }

Thanks for the recipe Linda! We have eaten (or had take out) from C & O many times. It isn’t far from Lizzy’s house in Venice. The garlic balls are SO addictive. Not sure if I trust myself to make them!! Loved reading the article in the paper (for the 2nd time). You are amazing!! xxoo

3 Marissa { 05.23.11 at 11:09 PM }

Seriously, they’re too good. You can’t make them again.

4 Sharon { 05.25.11 at 1:15 PM }

C&O is especially fun with a group and those rolls are insane. Can’t wait to try your recipe. Are they still doing the “serve yourself wine” option?

5 Linda Hopkins { 05.25.11 at 1:23 PM }

Patti and Sharon, I know, C & O is a great place to go, I’ve only been once which was a couple years ago now, so I’m not sure about the serve yourself wine, it was happening back then though. Thanks to both of you for the nice comments. :-)

6 Linda { 06.02.12 at 9:02 AM }

Thank you for sharing this! We just ate at C&O on our California vacation and I am looking forward to trying to make the garlic knots. Do you think if I use rapid rise yeast I can halve each of the two rising times to 30 minutes instead of one hour? Also, was there any basil in the seasonings for these? I can’t recall.

7 Linda Hopkins { 06.02.12 at 11:10 AM }

Hi Linda, I think 30 minutes for each rise using rapid rise yeast would be fine. I don’t recall if there was basil on the C & O knots or not. I added the freshly parsley for color, but if you like basil better, use that instead, it would be great, I’m sure!

8 Ruth { 08.28.14 at 9:34 AM }

Never made bread before…but I am making these very soon!

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