Garlic Nuggets

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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

Directions:

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

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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.

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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.

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

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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).

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

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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.

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

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

Click here for printable recipe.

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