Garlic Nuggets


There is a local pizza joint that serves these delicious garlic nuggets.  Every time we go there I absolutely have to order these deliciously, bad for you appetizers.  Fried dough, swimming in parmesan and garlic butter, what could be better?  I was making homemade pizza last night and I thought I would try and duplicate one of my favorite restaurant items.  I do not know if it was luck, or the fact that I have had far too many of these over the years, but my first try at duplicating these little nuggets was a success!

What you need:

Oil for frying

Pizza Dough Recipe (you will only use half of the dough, I was making a pizza the same day so I made the entire recipe) (Adapted from Emeril Lagasse New York Style Thin Pizza Crust)

For the pizza dough you will need the following (this is the full recipe, like I said you will only use half of the dough, so make a pizza or cut the recipe in half):

-1 Package Active Dry Yeast

-2 teaspoons Sugar

-1 Cup Warm Water

-1/4 Cup Vegetable Shortening

-2 to 3 Cups Flour

-2 teaspoons Salt

-Olive Oil

For the Parmesan Garlic butter you will need:

-4 Tablespoons Butter

-2 teaspoons Roasted Garlic smashed with a fork (prepare this while dough is rising, click here for instructions)

-2 and 1/2 Tablespoons Grated Parmesan

-Dash of salt



Pour 1 package of active dry yeast into 1 cup of warm water and stir.


Using whisk on electric mixer combine: vegetable shortening, sugar, and yeast/water mixture.  Mix until it starts to combine, above is how mine looked after I was done mixing.


Now attach your dough hook to your mixer and gradually add the flour until it starts to climb up the dough hook, this took exactly 2 cups of flour to achieve this.


Coat a bowl with olive oil and place dough in the bowl.  Then cover with plastic wrap.


Place bowl in the warmest part of your house and allow to rise until double in size.  This took me about 3 hours (Emeril’s recipe says about an hour, mine took longer).


Place your risen dough onto a floured surface and roll into 2 balls.  You will only need one of these balls.  Cover dough ball with a towel and let rest for another 15 to 20 minutes.


On a floured surface roll dough into a pizza shape, then slice into squares with a  pizza cutter.  Cover dough with a towel while you heat oil for frying.  Heat oil to 365 degrees fahrenheit.


In batches, drop dough into oil.  Fry on first side for about a minute (or until light golden brown) then flip and cook for about another minute (or until light golden brown).


Place fried dough onto paper towel lined plate to absorb excess oil.


Melt 4 Tablespoons butter in microwave.  Then stir in 2 teaspoons roasted garlic, 2 and 1/2 tablespoons grated parmesan, and a dash of salt.


In batches toss fried dough into the garlic/butter mixture.


Place in parchment paper lined bowl.  Serve with pizza sauce for dipping.

Click here for printable recipe.


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