Garlic Twists With Vodka Sauce

When it comes to garlic knots, don't settle for marinara — make a creamy, vodka-spiked tomato dip instead.


  • For the sauce:
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 pinch red chili flakes
  • 1/4 cup vodka
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup jarred marinara sauce
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • Kosher salt
  • Black pepper
  • For the garlic twists:
  • 1 pound store-bought pizza dough
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 bunch basil
  • Kosher salt


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. For the garlic twists, smash garlic cloves, and combine with oil and basil in a small pot. Heat to infuse, about 15 minutes.
  3. Roll out pizza dough into 7-inch thin strips. Braid or twist together as you like. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, and lay your twists down, with an inch between each twist. Use a pastry brush to coat with infused oil. Bake in oven until golden, approx 10 minutes. Transfer to a rack to cool, or serve warm.
  4. In a large sauté pan, heat butter and oil. Add garlic and chili flakes and cook on low heat for about a minute to allow flavors to infuse. Increase the heat to medium-high and carefully add vodka. (It will probably flame!) Let alcohol cook off for about a minute, decrease heat to medium low and add heavy cream. Let simmer for another minute and stir in marinara sauce. Stir until combined and add Parmesan cheese. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  5. To finish, pour sauce into bowl, drizzle with olive oil, and top with more Parmesan and fresh black pepper.