Parmesan Knots

21 May

What a Monday! Gorgeous weather in Minneapolis – car windows down and sundress weather. Country music on the car radio. And the best part of today…grocery shopping!

I don’t believe I’ve shared how much I truly enjoy grocery shopping. I could lazily walk around the aisles in a grocery store for hours. I don’t know why I find it so cathartic, but it is hands down, one of my favorite things to do. I realize that’s a tad bizarre.

For instance, at a work function on Friday we had to do our normal round of introductions (who you are, how long you’ve been with the company etc. etc.) plus a fun fact that no one knows about you, that is memorable. I had to go 2nd and was frantically trying to think of something quirky and memorable. When I stood up, this was the first thing I thought of “I LOVE to grocery shop. Anytime. For anything. Sometimes for nothing at all. I would do it for other people for free, I love to do it so much.” There was a lot of laughter and a few people who harassed me from across the room to do their grocery shopping. It was memorable and it was TRUE. So fun fact for your Monday, I love to grocery shop.

Today was a mighty expensive trip as I was stocking up for the next 10 days at home instead of just a few weekend days. I’ve mentioned before I travel for work, so many times I don’t keep too much food in the fridge as it will usually spoil before I get to it. Today was all about buying lots of vegetables and protein – shrimp, steak, ham and turkey. To get good meat, well, cost a lleeeetttllee bit more than normal. But I’m STOCKED and ready to cook up a storm this week!

So enough about my weirdo tendencies, you’re reading this for FOOD.

Parmesan knots. What are those? Sent straight from heaven these bad boys are. Wow. Simple and mouth-watering. This was the side for the Doug and Laura dinner (thus far I’ve documented the blackberry margaritas and pico de gallo we also had) while I was visiting in Chicago.

I found this off of Pinterest (surprise, surprise). It’s from a great website for tasty, easy dinners. That’s my style. Another good one to explore.

Ready for some knots!?

Ingredients:

  • 1 tube (12 ounces) of refrigerated biscuits ( I used an off-brand but any brand will do – Pillsbury was recommended in the original recipe)
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese (It’s way tastier when it’s fresh – but if you must, the canned stuff can work too. But my personal challenge to you is to grate your own. Do it.)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes

How to Make:

So these look way more complicated and fancy than they actual are. Perfect to make as a bread side dish for any big or small meal where you’d like to do a little bit of impressing. Just a suggestion.

First things first – preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Locate a cookie sheet and spray it with some non-stick spray. Pam is my bff for this task. You may have a different bff.

Take your tube of biscuits and open it up. You’re going to take each of the round biscuits and roll it out into a foot long cylinder.

Once in their cylindrical shape, tie them into a knot…like you would your shoelace. (Unless you tie with two bunny ears, you may struggle.) You just need one “around and through” with these. Tuck the ends under and you’ll have a fancy knot that required 3.2 seconds of effort. Be impressed with your skills. Then tie another one.

Once you’ve finished with your whole tube of biscuits, pop ’em in the oven for 8-10 minutes. You’ll know they’re done with they’re golden on top.

While your biscuits are cooking, mix up your remaining ingredients in a small bowl. When you take the knots out of the oven, you’ll want to put this on right away so the warmth of the biscuits melts this fantastic concoction all over the top. It’s hard to knot lick your fingers while working away. (See what I did there? Ha.) If you have a pastry brush – that works best. Otherwise, drizzle on the sauce with a spoon.

Eat these babies while warm and try to not have two…or three. Seriously, these are so good. And it’s just refrigerated biscuit dough shaped funny. I don’t know why that makes it taste SO. MUCH. BETTER.

Try the recipe and prove me wrong! 🙂

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