There is a popular dish in Nova Scotia, available at practically every pizza restaurant: we call them Garlic Fingers. What are Garlic Fingers? Think garlic bread pizza.
I know what you are thinking: pizza + garlic bread = yum
It is basic math, right?
In other parts of the world, they have something called bread sticks. And don’t get me wrong – I love a good bread stick. But Garlic Fingers are not the same thing.
They start with a circle of dough, spread with garlic butter and sprinkled with cheese and then baked to cheesy, garlicky perfection. They are usually served with a sweet, creamy dipping sauce – called donair sauce. (Maybe one day I will have to dedicate a post to that other Nova Scotia creation – the donair?)
Garlic Fingers are always a favourite – particularly with my young Captains. They are not fans of the donair sauce though, so when I made them, I served them with a simple tomato sauce.
I made the dough using my Super-Fast Pizza Crust recipe, but you can substitute your favourite or even refrigerated dough.
Roll it out on your pizza pan or stone, and pop it in the over for half of the recommended cooking time.
At the halfway point, take it out of the oven. Brush on a little melted garlic butter.
Then sprinkle on some Italian seasoning and grated mozzarella cheese.
Pop it back in the oven for the remaining cooking time.
When they are done, they will look something like this:
Et voilà! The perfect little nibble to use as an appetizer or accompany pasta or pizza – anywhere you might serve garlic bread.
I served them with pizza – as they are traditionally served from restaurants here. I actually had to remind the boys to keep eating their pizza slices – they only wanted to munch the garlic fingers. Captain Bravo told me that my version was even better than our favourite pizza takeout place. A high compliment indeed!
You could sprinkle them with a little parmesan when they come out of the oven, just to give them a little extra tang, but they are just as delicious without. (It is parm all the way at the Co-Pilot hangar!)
- Your favourite pizza dough (enough for one pizza)
- 3 tbsp melted butter
- 1-2 cloves minced garlic
- 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
- 1 cup grated mozzarella cheese
- About 1/2 cup your favourite tomato or marinara sauce for dipping (I had plenty and some leftover, but adjust if you and yours are big dippers)
- Preheat oven to temperature according to your pizza crust recipe
- Roll out pizza dough on your desired pan
- Bake for half of the recommended cooking time, then remove crust from oven
- Melt butter and stir in minced garlic, spread across dough
- Sprinkle Italian seasoning over the garlic butter, top with grated mozzarella cheese
- Continue baking for remaining cook time, or until crust is golden and cheese is bubbly
- Cut in strips approximately 1-1 1/2 inches in width
- Warm your favourite tomato or marinara sauce and serve with the garlic fingers for dipping
Instead of cutting in wedge shapes like a pizza, slice the Garlic Fingers in strips about 1-1 1/2 inches wide to make them extra dip-able. After slicing, I served them on a plate with the warm sauce.
I have heard that Garlic Fingers are pretty local to Atlantic Canada. Have you heard of them? Do you have something similar in your neck of the woods?