Easy Pull Apart Garlic Roll Wreath
How to make the most delicious pull-apart garlic roll wreath. This starts with regular pizza dough that’s baked in the shape of a wreath then doused with homemade garlic parsley butter. So good you’ll watch it disappear in no time!
Gather everybody around because this garlic roll wreath isn’t going to stick around for long!
Pull apart your little garlic roll or garlic knot and dunk it in your favorite marinara sauce, and would you just look at how beautiful this looks on the apps table? I mean, doesn’t it just steal the show!
And if you’d like to do this for more of a buffet-style dinner, more power to you, my friend. Just be sure to account for 3 or 4 rolls per person because these babies have a way of disappearing. You really can’t eat one and stop!
This past week has been the best and the worst kind. For the worst: I went down with the worst cold I’ve had in many years. The kind that turns your brain to mush. You can’t get warm even when you’re wearing not one but three sweatshirts and a warming blanket. When everything behind your mouth and nose feels like it’s been stuffed with cotton balls making it impossible to swallow so your mouth is perpetually left open. I blame it on the plane ride home from Maui. Don’t they always say airplanes make people sick?
And now for the best: It SNOWED! Real, actual, sparkling SNOW IN HOUSTON. And it even stuck around overnight and into most of the afternoon the next day. For the first time in 17 years, I experienced snow like this in Texas. It’s magical to look out your kitchen window to a thin veil spread across the lawn and all your neighbor’s rooftops.
Okay, enough about me, back to this pull-apart garlic roll wreath.
This started off as a recipe for garlic knots, you know, the kind that they sell at good pizza shops, fresh from the oven and doused with housemade garlic butter? There’s a pizza place in Austin that makes the best garlic knots, and this is just be trying to turn garlic rolls into something a little more festive, okay?
Basically, just place these little rolls next to each other and make a wreath out of it. Also, I need to mention these are not made from dough in a tube. The classic blue tube you see in the refrigerated section of your grocery store, don’t let it come within 5-feet of this garlic roll wreath. This is made with all REAL PIZZA DOUGH, and you get that yeasty, homemade bread smell lingering through your whole house, and when the guests walk in, they will LOSE their minds to the garlicky bliss that comes from your oven.
Pop in a bowl of your favorite tomato sauce (mine happens to be a spicy arrabbiata sauce) and let them go to town!
Now I know I called this EASY pull apart garlic roll wreath. And the thing is, it’s easy, most definitely. Let your mixer (affiliate link) do the work, let it rest in the oven, and then just shape it into dough balls. But I get that sometimes we see things on the internet, and we want to run with the idea. You know, scratch tonight’s garlic bread off the menu, we’re making a pull-apart garlic roll wreath sort of thing. And for times like this when you want REAL garlic rolls, and you want them NOW, run to your nearest grocery store, pizza shop, friends freezer, and grab yourself a couple of pounds of premade dough.
WHAT TO SERVE WITH YOUR GARLIC ROLL WREATH:
But if you can spare a little more time, make yourself homemade pizza dough. The recipe for the pizza dough is the one I always use. Just regular flour, sugar, salt, olive oil, yeast, and water. I’ve made it over and over again, and it’s perfect – both for pizza and this garlic roll wreath.
STUFF YOUR GARLIC ROLL WREATH WITH CHEESE:
And for my cheese LOVERS out there, let me make this one a little more decadent for you. When you’re rolling the dough into balls, sneak in a small square of whole milk mozzarella in there and then make your wreath. You know those cheese bombs that took over the internet circa 2015, well this would be a pull-apart wreath made out of those.
Once the wreath is out of the oven, we’ll brush it with a garlic-parsley butter that’s fragrant and delicious. I added a pinch of red pepper flakes to it to give my garlic roll wreath a little more color, and you can do that too if you like things a little spicy. A few sprigs of rosemary scattered to fill in tiny holes, and you’ve got yourself a garlic roll wreath! And feel free to sprinkle it with a little parmesan too. You can’t go wrong with parmesan.
Serve these fresh from the oven brushed with garlic butter and with a bowl of warm marinara sauce. And honestly, don’t be surprised when all your party guests refuse to go too far from your garlic roll wreath.
Can you tell lately I’m really into making homemade bread? I mean, it’s what, like the third one in two months?
Skip the garlic knots, garlic bread, the basic dinner rolls, croissants, and crescent rolls and just make a garlic roll wreath already, wouldja!
My life revolves around these pillowy soft garlic rolls ATM.
- 1 recipe prepared pizza dough
- 7 cloves garlic
- 1/4 cup parsley
- 2 tablespoons olive oil + plus more
- 5 tablespoons salted butter
- pinch of red pepper flakes
- marinara sauce, for serving
- Shape the wreath: Follow steps 1-3 on the pizza dough recipe. When the dough has risen, punch the air out, and divide the dough into 30 dough balls. Mine were roughly .88 ounces each in case you wanted to use a scale. Place 10 dough balls, seam side down in a 9-inch circle, roughly 1/2 inch apart. This is because they'll rise a bit more. The second circle goes around the first with 15 dough balls. Use the remaining 5 and place them equidistant apart from each other in the shape of a star balanced on top of the first and second layer (see the picture in post). Brush the dough with a little more olive oil, cover with plastic wrap and let sit for 30 minutes. MAKE AHEAD: At this point, you can shape the wreath and pop it in the refrigerator if you'd like to bake it off later. Just allow it to come to room temperature (at least 1 1/2 hours) before baking.
- Bake: Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 400ºF. Brush the tops of the rolls with another tablespoon of olive oil. Bake the wreath for 22-25 minutes or until cooked through and they start to develop just a hint of color. Prepare the garlic butter during the last 10 minutes of baking time.
- Prepare the garlic butter: Place the garlic cloves and parsley in a food processor and pulse until the ingredients break down. Drizzle in the two tablespoons of olive oil as the machine is running. Stop and scrape down the sides. Melt the butter in a small saucepan, when the butter is hot and crackling, add in the prepared garlic mixture and let cook for 2 minutes. Add a pinch of red pepper flakes, if desired. Brush the wreath with garlic butter right when it comes out of the oven so it soaks it all up! Serve warm with a bowl of marinara placed in the center of the wreath.
- If you'd like to make this recipe quicker, you'll need roughly 2 pounds of premade pizza dough.
- If you've got unsalted butter, that's fine, just add in a good pinch of salt to the garlic butter sauce.