A few weeks ago, I went to visit my sister in Pennsylvania for snowy hikes, quality time with siblings and puppies, and garlic knots. Just before we toured the Yuengling Brewery in Pottsville, we stopped at the local pizzeria, which was bustling with Friday lunchers. I asked for my slice, then tacked a garlic knot on to my order.
Especially when I’m ravenous, I like to trick myself into considering the knot an appetizer, even though it rarely comes out of the oven before my pizza. A nice little bit of delusion. Anyway, I didn’t regret the decadence, because the Pottsville knot was excellent. As I ate, two things occurred to me.
One, I should make garlic knots at home. And two, garlic knots are perfect Super Bowl food – but I’d never seen them at a Super Bowl party.
So when folks from Pepperidge Farm let me know about a project to showcase their puff pastry in simple but impressive finger food, I accepted their PuffectionTM Game Day Entertaining Challenge, chose garlic knots from the oodles of recipes on their site, and got to work chopping garlic, herbs, and Parmesan. I was going to make my own garlic knots at last – and with puff pastry, so they wouldn’t be all that hard to put together for football-game watching, aka stuffing my face.