Garlic Fingers

Garlic Fingers
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Warning! These are extremely addictive if you’re a garlic lover. Garlic Fingers is already or will be your new love.

Garlic Fingers is another true Maritime Food. I remember the first time I ate this. I was just a kid. At the time you could buy – I forget (10 ” or 12 “) for $1.99 with a side of donair sauce. I took a bite and was instantly awed. This was so good and cheap.

Growing up I often ordered these from various pizza places and still make them to this day. They’re quite simple and an awesome snack. Especially with Donair Sauce on the side for dipping.

Most restaurants do not make their own garlic butter. Instead, they buy from the local cash & carry or Saputo’s. It comes in a big bucket, white and green if I remember correctly. The one at the cash & carry is the one that almost all restaurants use.

Dough and Cheese

You can get the Hand Tossed Pizza Dough and be sure to check out the Cheese Mixture I use as discussed in my Pizza Recipe Post. It makes a big difference. It’s a High Moisture Mozzarella Cheese mixed with Provolone at a ratio of 3:1.

Place the Dough on a Pizza Screen or a Pizza Pan. The Pizza Pan method allows you to stretch the dough out with your fingertips creating indents in the dough which will hold pockets of Garlic Butter.

Pan Garlic Fingers
Pan Garlic Fingers

Garlic Fingers Seasoning

Additional Seasoning can be added on top such as Chili Flakes or Aleppo and Parsley. Dill weed is another good one that works well.

When Seasoning on top of the Butter. The Fats will helps assist in extracting more flavor from the Seasoning than it would if you seasoned the top. Although additional seasoning can be added to the top as well for Aesthetics.

Garlic Fingers with JAH Garlic Butter Oil
Garlic Fingers with JAH Garlic Butter Oil

Freezing Garlic Fingers

These also freeze quite nicely so if you wanted to make a bunch of 10-inch garlic fingers. Just place them onto a baking sheet to freeze and once they are frozen, stack them in a bag. When the need hits, take one out and place it into the preheated oven the highest setting it will go.

Crazy for Garlic

For people who are Crazy for Garlic. Brush a Pizza Pan with Garlic Butter.

Place the dough on top and create small indents into the Pizza dough while spreading the Dough out the size of the pan. You may have to stretch allow to rest covered and repeat. The small indents will create small pockets where the Garlic Butter will pool.

Brush it generously with Garlic Butter. Top with Cheese and then Drizzle more Garlic Butter on top of the cheese. This will add moisture and more Garlic Flavors.

Garlic Fingers

You might be tempted to use the Papa Johns Garlic Sauce for the Garlic Butter. While it does work I find the Aioli Garlic Butter is more suited for this, offering better flavor. Although Papa Johns Garlic Sauce is crazy good to include on the side to dip in.

Garlic Fingers with JAH Garlic Butter Oil
Garlic Fingers with JAH Garlic Butter Oil

Rectangular Garlic Fingers

Rolled out Hand Tossed Pizza Dough or stretched in a rectangular shape.

Same preparation as Twisty Bread where the Dough gets stretched into a rectangular shape and then the breadsticks are sliced. Here we just shape it into a rectangle and brush it with garlic butter and top with Cheese. Optionally with Bacon Bits and Cook.

To Cut these slice the length, then turn 90 degrees and slice fingers.

Rectangular Garlic Fingers
Rectangular Garlic Fingers
Rectangular Garlic Fingers with Bacon Sliced
Rectangular Garlic Fingers with Bacon Sliced


Ordering some Bacon to go on top of the Garlic Bread is quite common. However, if making this from home there is another trick we can use to really infuse Bacon Flavor into the Garlic Fingers.

If making Papa Johns Garlic Sauce for the Garlic Spread. Then replace the Oil with Bacon Grease.

If making JAH Garlic Butter. Then add an additional 1/2 C Bacon Grease or more.

The Bacon grease adds Flavor & Greasiness that can only be enjoyed with True Maritime Style Garlic Fingers. Don’t forget the Donair Sauce.

Donair Garlic Fingers

Cook up some Donair Meat and add them to your next Garlic Fingers for a really nice treat. These are really very good.

Garlic Finger Dipping Sauce

Serve with a Side Dipping Sauce.

Garlic Fingers
Garlic Fingers

Garlic Fingers

Maritime Garlic Fingers. Garlic Butter Brushed on Pizza Dough and covered with Cheese. Optionally with Bacon Bits.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: Canadian, Maritimer
Keyword: East Coast Garlic Fingers, Garlic Fingers, Maritime Garlic Fingers
Servings: 2 servings
Author: JAH


  • Pizza Screen or Pan



  • Spread Garlic Butter over Pizza Dough. Top with Mozzarella Cheese – optional some Cheddar. add Bacon Bits if desired
  • Cook in Preheated Oven until done at the highest temperature your oven will go. Preferably with a Pizza Stone
  • Slice down the middle, turn it 90 degrees and cut fingers. Serve with Donair Sauce and with other Sauces.


You can also use cornmeal for preparing your dough instead of flour or a mixture of both. The cornmeal helps the browning and assist in a crunch. It offers a nice texture feel and we personally prefer the cornmeal.
Optionally you can grease a solid pizza pan with garlic butter and place the dough on top and press to create indents. These indents will hold pockets of Garlic Butter.