I'm not going to lie and say that I felt terribly guilty. I was six or seven and honestly, the idea of eating non-Korean food was really exciting to me. Our church would serve snacks after service but it was always rice cakes (sticky Korean rice cakes, a.k.a. dduk; not Quaker ones). I was ready for a change. So, after Sunday School was dismissed, a group of second grade girls (including myself), ran across the street (after checking both ways, of course) into the pizza shop, clutching our meant-for-offering dollar bills. We each ordered a baggie of garlic knots, which conveniently cost $1 each, and shoveled them into our greedy and hungry mouths. They were greasy and covered in bits of garlic and green stuff (which I later learned was parsley) and they were so delicious. They were especially delicious because they were hot out of the oven, unlike the shared knot we'd enjoyed a few weeks earlier.
God doesn't hold grudges (he's known for being v. forgiving) so I think we can both look back on that story and laugh. Can't say the same for my parents though. I shared that story with them when I was graduating high school - just as a 'hey, now I'm old enough that we can be friends so I want to share all the hilarious antics I got into as a kid that you don't know about' kind of anecdote. I thought they'd laugh but I think they were worried that little incident had bought me a ticket straight to hell. I thought that was harsh.
Anyway, now that I'm older, I don't have to be all sneaky and hoard my allowance to buy garlic knots. I just go to my favorite pizzeria (there are so many good ones in my neck of the woods; hello New York Metropolitan area) and buy them with my own hard-earned cash. Or, I pop into the market, pick up a few ingredients, and I make them myself. Either experience is satisfying.
Ingredients [makes 12 knots]:
batch quick pizza dough
4 cloves garlic, minced
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
¼ teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon parsley, chopped
+ parmesan cheese
tomato sauce for dipping.
steamed clams in white wine. So, I left out the cheese and sauce. Cheese and seafood really don't mix (except for lobster mac & cheese).
What a pretty meal, huh? Loads of bread and a pile of clams is another one of my love languages.
Here are the recipe pages for the quick pizza dough and the knots: