Parmesan Bread Bites

garlic bites

These parmesan bread bites are made from my favorite pizza dough recipe, topped with garlic-herb butter and finished with a generous shower of parmesan cheese. Buttery, garlicky and addictive garlic bites are inspired by Dominos parmesan bites and delicious plain or served with marinara sauce.

Soft and fluffy parmesan bread bites dipped in marinara sauce

What are Parmesan Bread Bites?

An easy version of Garlic knots! No rolling, shaping and knotting required. Just cut pizza dough into pieces and place on a baking sheet.

This recipe is inspired from the popular Domino’s Parmesan Bites. We are turning towards more home cooking these days and craving even more for our favorite Take-outs.

These garlic bites are little nuggets of soft pizza dough, brushed with garlicky butter both before and after baking. SO GOOD.

I mean, anything with garlic butter is got to be good, right? Like this delicious Garlic Butter Shrimp and Rice in Instant Pot or this kid favorite Crazy Good Garlic butter Ramen Noodles

How to make Domino’s Parmesan Bites?

  1. MAKE PIZZA DOUGH. Yes, this garlic bread bites is made from scratch. This homemade pizza dough recipe is made easily in your Kitchen Aid mixer. Let it rise for one and half to two hours.
soft homemade pizza dough after first rise

2. Gently punch dough, making sure not to deflate it completely. Transfer dough onto a work surface and using a sharp knife, cut into 1-inch pieces. Place them on a greased baking sheet, spacing apart.

cut pizza dough into bite size pieces

3. Brush with garlic butter and bake at 400°F for about 20 minutes. or until golden.

Brush pizza dough pieces with garlic butter

4. Brush hot parmesan bread bites again with garlic butter as soon it comes out of the oven. Enjoy hot plain or with marinara sauce.

brush hot parmesan bites again with garlic butter

A really good garlic bite is 

  • Soft….super soft
  • Buttery
  • Garlicky
  • Salty 
  • Addictive

My children can polish these in one sitting.

Have you checked out these Copycat Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Recipe?

Tips and tricks in making Parmesan Bites:

Soft dough equals soft garlic knots – We need a dough that is soft to touch but not sticky. We will add 1-2 tablespoons additional water in making the pizza dough recipe. I have included more details there.

Rise twice – Make dough and let rise for about 1 and 1/2 hours. Cut them into pieces and let rise again for about 30 minutes. This steps makes a fluffy bite.

Color, color, color – PALE GOLDEN and not any darker. Letting the garlic knot  brown will form a crusty outside (delicious tho) but not the light texture we are aiming for. 

Butter before, butter after – The garlic knots get a double bath with butter. Once before they go into the hot oven and again right after they come out. This two step process not only adds flavor but also contributes to a very light, tender crust. 

Parmesan bread bites with marinara sauce on the side
soft garlic bites

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Parmesan Bread Bites

These parmesan bread bites are made from my favorite pizza dough recipe and are topped with a garlic-herb butter and finished with a generous shower of parmesan cheese. Buttery, garlicky and addictive garlic bites are inspired by Dominos parmesan bites and delicious plain or served with marinara sauce.
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: dominos parmesan bites, garlic bites, garlic bread bites, parmesan bites, parmesan bread bites
Author: Maria Doss

Ingredients

Garlic Butter

  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic ( or use 1 teaspoon garlic salt)
  • 1/4 + 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley or use 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley

Additional ingredients

  • 4 to 6 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
  • marinara sauce for dipping

Instructions

  • Using a pastry brush, grease a large sheet pan with olive oil or use a generous coating of non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
  • Make pizza dough as per instructions . After the first rise, gently punch dough down (trying not to deflate completely) and transfer onto the kitchen counter or work surface.
    Using a sharp knife, cut into approximately 1-inch bite size pieces. Transfer cut dough to the prepared baking sheet, placing them in a single layer and spacing about 1 inch apart. Wrap baking sheet with a clean kitchen towel and place in the warmest part of your kitchen for about 30 minutes.
  • In the mean time, make garlic butter and pre heat oven to 400° F.
  • Unwrap kitchen towel, brush garlic butter on top of all the dough bites ( we will be using the remaining butter later).
  • Bake for approximately 20 minutes, until the tops are golden in color.
    Place pan on a wire rack and immediately brush the tops with remaining garlic butter (microwave the butter for a few seconds to melt again if it has thickened). Sprinkle parmesan cheese on top.
  • Serve garlic bites hot with marinara sauce for dipping.

Garlic butter

  • Add butter and chopped garlic into a microwavable bowl. Microwave until butter is melted. Stir in salt, Italian seasoning and parsley. (If using garlic salt, then stir in along with all other ingredients after melting butter)

Notes

You can use half the recipe (half pizza dough as well) to feed a smaller crowd or just your family. 
Soft dough equals soft garlic bites – We need a dough that is soft to touch but not sticky. We will add 1-2 tablespoons additional water in making the pizza dough recipe. I have included more details there.
Color, color, color – PALE GOLDEN and not any darker. Letting the garlic knot  brown will form a crusty outside (delicious tho) but not the light texture we are aiming for. 
Leftover bitescan be refrigerated or frozen. Microwave as many as you need, until thawed and heated through. 

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