Pull-Apart Gluten Free Garlic Knots

Pull-Apart Gluten Free Garlic Knots

These pull apart gluten free garlic knots are made in a cast iron skillet, so they’re crispy on the outside, soft inside. Packed with garlic and herb flavor, they’re the garlic knots your guests will remember!

These pull apart gluten free garlic knots are made in a cast iron skillet, so they're crispy on the outside, soft inside. Packed with garlic and herb flavor, they're the garlic knots your guests will remember!

In my house, everyone knows the rules about what I’m cooking and baking: Rule #1. Don’t ask! The kitchen is not just the kitchen. It’s my office, you know? And my laboratory.

If I have to try to put words to what I’m doing, or trying to do, it ruins everything. I’m not thinking in words when I’m cooking, not yet. I’m thinking in concepts, and with my heart.

But when I’m taking the recipe for Thick Crust Gluten Free Pizza on the blog (the one from GFOAS Bakes Bread) and making it into gluten free garlic knots … for the third time in a week? Well there’s no hiding in plain sight.

And apparently my children can’t help themselves from, at the very least, excitedly sharing the “news” with one another. “Mom’s making bacon garlic knots again!!” *subtle*

Pull Apart Gluten Free Bacon Garlic Knots—Step by Step

These skillet garlic knots (thank you once again J. Kenji López-Alt) are more than “just” garlic knots. They’re pull-apart garlic knots.

And they’re made in a cast iron skillet, which honestly makes alllll the difference. Instead of fluffy, doughy garlic knots, these are just the right amount of crispy on the bottom and packed with all kinds of delicious flavor (even if you make them without bacon, but of course they’re better with it).

Pull Apart Gluten Free Bacon Garlic Knots

Now I haven’t tried this or anything, but I suspect that these would even work with my yeast-free gluten free pizza crust. And then of course there’d be no rising.

You’ll miss out on all the yeasty goodness in the flavor, but the texture should still be quite good. And with all that bacon, garlic, oregano and basil goodness going on, how could you go wrong?

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Prep time: Cook time: Yield: 24 garlic knots


1 recipe Thick-Crust Gluten Free Pizza Dough from page 187 of GFOAS Bakes Bread (reprinted here on the blog) (or use this older recipe for gluten free pizza dough)

6 ounces thick-cut bacon, diced*

3 tablespoons (42 g) extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling

6 cloves garlic, peeled and minced

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

2 tablespoons dried oregano, crushed between your palm and forefinger

1 tablespoon dried basil

1 1/2 ounces (about 1 cup) finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

Tomato Sauce, for serving

*A note about the bacon: If you prefer to make these without bacon, replace the bacon with 2 more tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil and skip the step in which the bacon is cooked.


  • Make the pizza dough according to the recipe instructions and place the dough in a sealed container or bowl in a warm, draft-free location to rise until nearly doubled in size (1 to 2 hours, depending upon environment). Full doubling is not necessary. Place the risen dough, still in a sealed container or bowl, in the refrigerator to chill until firmer (about 30 minutes). Alternatively, set the dough to rise in a sealed container in the refrigerator for about 12 hours or up to 5 days.

  • Prepare the bacon-garlic mixture. In a 12-inch cast iron skillet (or another heavy-bottom skillet), scatter the diced bacon in a single layer in the dry skillet and cook over medium heat until evenly golden brown and crisp (about 7 minutes). Remove the cooked bacon from the skillet and place it in a large bowl to cool. Drain off all but about 2 tablespoons of the bacon grease from the skillet (save for another use for the love of all things holy do not throw out perfectly good bacon grease!), and add one tablespoon of olive oil to the skillet. Using the flat side of a large knife, press the minced garlic and kosher salt together firmly to form a thick paste, and cook the garlic paste in the skillet over medium-low heat until fragrant and very lightly golden brown (2 to 3 minutes). Transfer the garlic and oil to the large bowl with the bacon grease, add the oregano and basil, and mix to combine. Set the bowl aside to cool. Remove the skillet from the heat and set it aside to cool while you shape the pizza dough.

  • Shape the pizza dough. On a lightly floured surface, knead the pizza dough until smoother as directed in These General Shaping Tips. Roll the dough into a ball. Sprinkle lightly with flour, and, using well-floured hands and a bench scraper or sharp knife, divide the dough into 24 equal pieces, each slightly less than 1 ounce. Roll each piece into a ball and then, using the tips of the fingers of both hands and using gentle but steady pressure away from you and out to the sides and sprinkling lightly with flour as necessary to prevent sticking, roll each ball of dough into a rope about 4 inches long. Shape each into a knot by crossing one end over the other about 1 inch from each end, then poking one end through the loop you created and placing that end on top of the knot. Turn the knot on its side, press it together gently to seal, and place it to the side. Repeat with the remaining pieces of dough.

  • Assemble the knots in the skillet. To the large bowl with the bacon and garlic mixture, add about 3/4 of the grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese and 2 tablespoons of olive oil, and mix to combine. Place the shaped garlic knots in the mixture about 6 at a time and toss them with clean hands to coat them generously. Transfer the pieces of dough and garlic and bacon mixture to the skillet in a single layer. If you don’t have a cast iron skillet, you can bake the knots in a 9-inch round baking dish. Drizzle the top lightly with more olive oil, cover with the cover of your skillet if you have one, or a lightly oiled piece of plastic wrap. Place in a  warm, draft-free location to rise until about 1 1/2 times its original size (about 1 1/2 hours, but rising times will vary significantly depending upon the rising environment—be patient!).

  • Bake the garlic knots. About 30 minutes before the rise is complete, preheat your oven to 375°F and place the rack in the bottom third of the oven. Once the rise is complete, uncover the skillet, drizzle lightly with more olive oil and place on the bottom rack. Bake until the knots are lightly golden brown all over, and slightly darker brown in spots (about 20 minutes). Remove from the oven, sprinkle the remaining Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese on top and allow to sit briefly while the cheese melts before serving with tomato sauce for dipping.

  • Adapted from Serious Eats.


Comments are closed.

  • Paige
    March 2, 2015 at 9:08 PM

    These just came out of the oven. Mine didn’t brown like the photos, but boy are they delicious! My daughter and husband both thought they were delicious and they are gluten eaters! I can’t have dairy so I used our dairy free Parmesan cheese in the bottle and I also took a short cut and used bacon bits from the bottle too!
    These were easy to make and the house smells like an Italian restaurant!
    Will be making these again and often!
    Thank you!

  • euneirophrenia
    March 2, 2015 at 8:28 AM

    These look dangerously good!!

  • February 28, 2015 at 11:26 AM

    These look to die for!! Great job x

  • Glasslass
    February 26, 2015 at 1:59 PM

    If I were to freeze this would it be before the rise, after the rise, or will they freeze well after baking, Cooking for someone who is not here everyday and would love to have these on hand. Thanks.

    • February 27, 2015 at 9:16 AM

      I don’t ever recommend freezing raw yeasted dough, Glasslass. But these would do just fine being slightly under-baked, cooled and frozen. Pop them out and heat them for a few seconds in the toaster oven and they’ll be good to go!

      • Glasslass
        February 27, 2015 at 11:01 AM


  • anna
    February 25, 2015 at 12:09 PM

    Yum! Ive been in a shopping/baking/cooking slump lately (e.g. I had a wheel of cold sliced brie on chips for dinner last night) but these sound so good they just might be the kick that i need to get back into the swing of things! Plus, i think i already have all the ingredients, just need to defrost the bacon.

    • February 27, 2015 at 9:15 AM

      Oh no, anna! Actually, cold sliced brie on chips sounds fabulous. But my perspective is a bit different I guess. :)

  • Mare Masterson
    February 25, 2015 at 10:33 AM

    Garlic and bacon – oh my! There is no question – this will be devoured in my house!

  • Lucy
    February 25, 2015 at 10:01 AM

    Yum, I can see why the kids get excited :)
    I’m feasting with my eyes and it’s delish!

  • February 25, 2015 at 9:41 AM

    Wow, this is sure to be a hit. I can see my husband eating this entire thing in one sitting!

    • February 27, 2015 at 9:15 AM

      Not if you get to it first, Lauren!

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