Killer Garlic Rolls and New Ways to Use Pizza Dough

by heidi on October 17, 2011

FoodieCrush Killer Garlic Rollsphoto > foodiecrush

We love making our homemade pizza, I mean what better meal is there to involve everyone in the family? In the summertime we do it on the grill, in the winter we throw it in the oven, toasted on a hot stone with a sprinkle of cornmeal to crust up the bottom oh so right.

But wait, how did this happen? We have leftover pizza dough? “Hmmm,” me thinks. Let’s give some Killer Garlic Rolls a try.

In our former life, one of our go-to eats when friends came to visit was C&O Trattoria. It’s a solid neighborhood spot steps from Venice Beach that  hosts self-serve Chianti in casks hung on the wall and huge—no I mean HUGE—portions of pasta, salads and apps.

It’s super popular with the 20-something crowd and local beach goers, probably due to its decent prices and a great patio that hums with large birthday parties as waiters clink glasses with diners during the twice nightly sing-along of ‘That’s Amoré’. And believe me, the singing gets ‘better’ as the night gets longer.

It’s a busy place. Cheap food, cheap wine. And good fun.

So to appease the patrons strewn up and down the sidewalk anxiously awaiting their name to be called for a seat, C&O serves their Killer Garlic Rolls to anyone within arm’s reach of a waiter jostling through the crowd with a platter piled high. *Disclosure: My Alaskan Malamute may have ‘accidentally’ snarfed a Killer Garlic Roll from a dangling hand on our nightly walk to the beach. Apologies were accepted. And she had killer breath afterward.

And so with that extra left over dough about to waste away in my fridge, I thought I’d give the garlic rolls a try. And let’s just say, I pretty much killed it. Like in a good, good way.

If you don’t have left over dough, go ahead and make up a batch fresh. It’s totally worth it.

Killer Garlic Rolls

Yield: makes 40 or so rolls

Killer Garlic Rolls


pizza dough recipe or store bought
4 T butter
4 T olive oil
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 1/2 T dried oregano
sea salt flakes


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Make pizza dough according to directions. Divide dough into 6 sections and then again into 4” X 1/2” length ropes. Roll rope out to 5” in length and form into a knot tucking the ends under into a ball about the size of a ping pong ball. Place on cookie sheet sprayed with cooking spray and sprinkle with sea salt. Bake for 10-12 minutes. While knots are baking, bring butter and olive oil to a low simmer in a sauté pan. Add garlic and oregano and remove from heat. Do not simmer garlic. Gently toss knots in butter mixture and serve immediately.
  2. *When I have small batches of leftover dough I make these in my toaster oven. They cook a tad quicker due to the smaller volume but come out tasting just as great.

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{ 31 comments… read them below or add one }

Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga October 17, 2011 at 11:17 pm

Ok I just went on a link-opening clickfest. Who knew pizza dough could do…all this. Love it!


Kelley October 18, 2011 at 7:24 am

The rolls look great, yes, but want I really want is to lick that pan clean of all that buttery garlic goodness. And as a side note, garlic rolls dipped in ranch dressing were a large part of my high school existence, I sort of lived off of them!


heidi October 19, 2011 at 5:53 pm

Let’s just say the pan didn’t need much cleaning once we were done with the rolls…


Bev Weidner October 18, 2011 at 7:31 am

Your photographs make me cry. And then drool. And then need a nap.

You’re GOOD.


Annalise October 18, 2011 at 8:50 am

These look fantastic! Really, really fantastic. Gonna make a batch of pizza dough just for this.


heidi October 19, 2011 at 5:50 pm

Paula just did a new post on pizza dough, you could give it a whirl


Kathy - Panini Happy October 18, 2011 at 9:05 am

Thats so funny – I *immediately* thought of C & O when I saw that incredible first photo. I haven’t been there in years but I’ll never forget those while-you-wait garlic knots. Yours look amazing!


Paula @ Dishing the Divine October 18, 2011 at 1:33 pm

I am pining for those garlic rolls. Recipe is printed. Just need to work it into the meal plan soon! :)


Maria October 18, 2011 at 2:47 pm

Love the garlic rolls! I want some now!


Heather @ Sixty Minute Housewife October 18, 2011 at 6:18 pm

C&O is where my husband and I had our first date so I can’t wait to try!


heidi October 19, 2011 at 5:53 pm

Oh cute. Anniversary worthy recipe.


Kalyn October 18, 2011 at 6:42 pm

The rolls look fantastic. My brother lives in Venice Beach so I must remember this place.


foodie @ Tasting Spot October 18, 2011 at 8:36 pm

i live really close to Venice beach and go to C & O all the time… love their rolls… great photo as well


heidi October 19, 2011 at 5:52 pm

I do miss making the walk to C&O, and their sausage rigatoni was a staple for take out.


Ali October 19, 2011 at 2:13 am

surely the rolls got me salivating, just wished I could lick the pan clean from my screen :) great photos :)


Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets October 19, 2011 at 8:20 am

I love garlic rolls and these look so fantastic! Great photo, too!


Kasey October 19, 2011 at 1:32 pm

Those garlic knots look scrumptious!


Jesica @ Pencil Kitchen October 19, 2011 at 1:39 pm

you got me drooling here :( the PB & J ughhhh…


Ashleigh October 19, 2011 at 6:28 pm

I have been there once before a very long time ago with you guys and I actually remember the rolls. I think I may make these tomorrow!


heidi October 21, 2011 at 12:36 am

Do it Ashes and let me know how they turn out.


Ashleigh October 21, 2011 at 4:37 pm

I made them and they turned out really good! I didn’t have time to make the dough so I bought it from harmon’s over in the deli so it wasn’t the fresh stuff. I will make them again for sure.


Deborah October 20, 2011 at 12:40 am

Would it be wrong of me to want to just eat a batch of those for dinner??


Kelly October 25, 2011 at 12:13 pm

Ohh my these are absolute perfection! I’ll definitely be trying these delicious rolls! :)


Christine November 2, 2011 at 2:08 pm

Hi Heidi, Your Killer Garlic Rolls recipe has been selected to be featured in a Recipe Guessing Game. Please share the following link with your friends and fans. To play, go here: Congrats again!! :)


heidi November 3, 2011 at 2:03 am

Thanks Christine, i’m going over!


Bertie Waller December 10, 2011 at 4:51 am

Oh cute. I made them and they turned out really good!


Ryleigh June 8, 2012 at 9:12 pm

Une superbe carte ma che8re Diana…Tes disness sont vraiment adorable… La pizza aussi certainement, seulement moi je suis allergique au gluten alors je n’ai droit que de la regarder et c’est de9je0 bien!!!Gros bisous e0 toi et bon week-end.


Sarah March 3, 2012 at 2:08 pm

You nailed it. I went to college near C&O but I’ve since moved to Texas, and these are just like I remember. Pretty easy too! I just made a big batch of pizza dough to freeze, but I have a feeling I’ll never make pizza, just these!


tamara December 10, 2012 at 5:31 pm

just did a google search to see if anyone had a copycat recipe of these….so happy to have found this and can’t wait to try. i used to eat at c&o’s all the time in college and try to get there every so often now that i live hours away…but haven’t been there now in a few years. oh do i miss that place! drooling already! will let you know how they turn out! thanks so much!!


Rosetta January 18, 2013 at 10:35 am

Bella ricetta ciao


Christina June 3, 2014 at 2:21 pm

I need to try to make these for sure. I go to C&O about twice a year, and am always lucky enough to get the waiter who will give us “extra” rolls to take home. These garlic knots are literally the reason I went to C&O the first time, but I return for the food and atmosphere. This recipe is going to the top of my “make now” list!


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