Asiago Garlic Knots

by feastonthecheap on August 20, 2012

Mariel here. The past six weeks of new motherhood have blown by in a whirl of sleepless nights, sweet little smiles and dirty diaps, so I do believe this is the first thing I’ve actually made since bringing my baby boy home from the hospital. My mom has been on daily private chef duty, meaning I haven’t needed to do much more than grab a fork and open the fridge.

I was a bit nervous about participating in this month’s Secret Recipe Club because I wasn’t sure I’d actually be able to whip anything up. My little chicken is a total lamb, but he still demands a lot of attention…and because his sleep habits are still evolving, when he naps, I do my best to catnap with him. He’s also the hungriest baby on the block – he’s ballooned from 7lbs 9oz to 11lbs 5 oz in 40 days – so he’s got me on a very short leash.

When I was assigned A Tale of One Foodie’s Culinary Adventures, I came across a whole host of recipes I wanted to dig into. Erin seems to have an insatiable sweet tooth – just like yours truly – so I was more than tempted by her Coconut Topped Buttermilk Brownies and Homemade Snickers. But since I’ve been so short on time and energy, I decided to tackle one of the easiest, tastiest, most foolproof dishes I could find: Asiago Garlic Knots. Because these rely on prepackaged Pillsbury dough, they’re ready in about 10 minutes and a total breeze. I suspect you can even make them one-handed, which is the way I do most things these days.

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Asiago Garlic Knots
Makes 8 knots
Gently adapted from A Tale of One Foodie’s Culinary Adventures

1 tube Pillsbury refrigerated buttermilk biscuits -$2.49
1/4 cup canola oil – stock
3 Tablespoons freshly grated asiago cheese – $3.99
1 clove fresh garlic, minced – stock
1 teaspoon dried oregano – stock
1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes – stock
Freshly ground black pepper – stock
Grand total assuming well-stocked kitchen: $6.48
Cost per knot: $0.81

1. Preheat the oven to 400F. Grease a baking sheet with butter or Pam and set aside.

2. Roll each round of biscuit dough into an 8-inch rope using the palms of your hands and tie into a knot. Place on prepared baking sheet. Bake 11-14 minutes in oven until golden brown.

3. In a small bowl, whisk together the remaining ingredients. When biscuits come out of the oven, brush them with the mixture while still hot. Serve warm.

{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

chelsy e. August 20, 2012 at 12:36 pm

Anything with a pillsbury crescent roll just has to be absolutely irresistible!


Debbi Does Dinner Healthy August 20, 2012 at 12:42 pm

Congratulations on your little one! He will keep you on a short leash for quite awhile. My number #1 advice for new moms, WRITE EVERYTHING DOWN. Get a journal and write daily if possible. Even the most mundane things will be a joy for both of you to read later in life. Trust me on this. :-)

These knots look amazing! I so love asiago cheese! Great choice!


sara August 20, 2012 at 12:45 pm

Those sound so yummy, and so easy! Great pick.


Aly ~ Cooking In Stilettos August 20, 2012 at 1:02 pm

Congrats on the new little one :) You had my attention at Asiago cheese! These look so easy to prepare and it was a great call to go with this recipe.


Melissa August 20, 2012 at 1:05 pm

These look delicious! I like the idea of using Pillsbury biscuits for a shortcut :)


Kate August 20, 2012 at 3:21 pm

Congratulations on your new addition! I have been chef at my daughter’s for the last week…she brought home a sweet little girl. Anyway, I do understand your hesitation…..but you selected perfectly! These look fantastic. I have to give them a try while I am here.


Christine @ Christine's Kitchen Chronicles August 20, 2012 at 8:37 pm

Congratulations on your little one! These look 100% homemade and nobody would ever knew you took a shortcut. Beautiful photography!


Debra August 20, 2012 at 8:56 pm

I would love a plate of these right now. I can actually smell them, fresh from the oven. SRC smell-o-vision!!!


Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe August 20, 2012 at 9:08 pm

Welcome back Mariel, and congratulations! Sounds like you have effortlessly dived into motherhood and are enjoying it. And how lucky are you to have a wonderful chef of a mom to take care of you through it all! These garlic knots look lovely, and so easy too!


Erin August 20, 2012 at 9:32 pm

Congrats on your baby!! :) So glad that you enjoyed looking around my blog and enjoyed these little knots. We loved them. Thanks for your kind words – its great to be in group C with you. :)


Lisa~~ August 21, 2012 at 12:04 am

All that garlic and cheese…total yum!

If you haven’t already, I’d love for you to check out my group “A” SRC entry: Chicken Satay Noodle Salad.

Cook Lisa Cook


Teri @ The Freshman Cook August 21, 2012 at 8:57 am

What a great idea~making these knots from biscuits! Can’t wait to try them. Congrats on you new
bundle of joy. Babies are the best!


Kate@Diethood August 21, 2012 at 2:43 pm

Awwww! Congratulations, Mommy!! I just had a baby, too. She’s 11 weeks old. ***I’m sleepy*** ;)
and HUNGRY! These knots could really do me some good right about now. :)


Rhonda August 21, 2012 at 3:50 pm

What could be better than easy and garlicky! Can’t believe you even found time to make these. Time goes by so fast once you have children!


Lana @ Never Enough Thyme August 21, 2012 at 7:31 pm

I really love that these start out with a refrigerated biscuit. It’s okay to take a little help from convenience products sometime. Especially when the end result is this good!


kristy @ gastronomical sovereignty August 21, 2012 at 10:24 pm

anything with garlic and cheese and bread = one happy, happy, happy lady.

happy src reveal from a group D member :)


Rachel Cooks August 22, 2012 at 7:54 am

Oh man I could LIVE on these right now! Yum@


Charlotte @ Weekends So Sweet August 22, 2012 at 3:54 pm

LOVE how easy these are. I actually WILL make these!


AGNES ALIBERTO August 23, 2012 at 5:51 pm

EASY – QUICK – DELICIOUS ! WELCOME BACK ! I hope your “little Man ” will give you time to SLEEP _P _p p 1 XO


Barbara | Creative Culinary August 25, 2012 at 11:38 pm

Beyond impressed. I have a young friend who has barely gotten dressed in the two months since she had her baby and you are making garlic knots? You go girl!


Delishhh August 30, 2012 at 11:34 pm

Happy 6 weeks – my little Ella just turned 6 months this weekend – it flies by, but it is so much fun. We just started on solid food and making baby food i a blast. My little one was an awesome sleeper for the first 3 months, slept through the night and then at 4/5 months she started waking up at night, and now at 6 months she is back to sleeping through the night. For the 2 month there i had no idea what was going on, and i started getting up at night with her. Bad idea, i caused bad habits. And it took me a month to get rid of them. My recommendation is make a routine and stick with it, since your little one is gaining so much weight already they can sleep through the night no problem. Just something i wish someone would have told me, and what i did was decrease her night feedings by a few minutes every night, and it worked for me.


Shannon June 29, 2014 at 11:13 am

Great recipe.

However, $6.50 for a bread side is NOT CHEAP! I do my whole entire meal for less than that.

Here is how to reduce the cost even further:

1. Buy the biscuits at the .99 cent store. Yes, they carry Pillsbury biscuits regularly.
2. This price for Asiago cheese is ridiculous…..not sure where you shop. Fresh parmesan would be just as good, and you can buy and shred for about $1.50 max for this recipe.
3. With the $$ saved from the overpriced Asiago, I’d ditch the canola oil and use butter. That would only be about .70 worth of butter.

That saves about $4, knocking the price of this recipe down to around $2.50.


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