Top 10 ways of using Garlic
Here are my favourite top 10 ways of using garlic. Garlic has been proven to have many health and medicinal benefits. For thousands of years, ancient civilization have been using garlic as medicine and food. It is hence imperative that we incorporate garlic as much as possible in our diet in many different ways as much as possible.
My favourite garlic recipe is the Roasted Garlic, where garlic plays the star ingredient. I don’t know who first invented the Roasted Garlic recipe, but it began showing up at trendy restaurants at about 10 years ago. And boy, was that ever a pleasant surprise! I couldn’t imagine that you could eat garlic in such quantities. Basically, the appetizer plate consisted of whole garlic roasted in olive oil, tasty, sweet and buttery soft and spreadable over baguette bread.
Simply chop off the top of the garlic clove,
peel off the paper skins,
drizzle with olive oil,
sprinkle with sea salt,
wrap the cloves in aluminim foil.
roast in the oven at 400 degree F for 1 hour.
Let cool and serve.
The garlic will be so soft, you can get the meat out by squeezing the bottom of the clove.
The result is so good, I suggest that you can do this whenever you are cooking something in the oven.
Garlic as pizza topping
The first time I had garlic as a pizza topping was at a pizza restaurant. Whole roasted garlic was included along with pepperoni, olive, red pepper, mushrooms, etc as a topping. Once again, what a delightful treat. You can use whole roasted garlic or sliced garlic slivers as pizza topping.
Garlic as a pizza topping is usually served in trendy and upscale restaurants. It is seldom offered in fast-food pizza joints.
Making garlic butter is actually very simple.
Take a block of unsalted butter, softened
8 cloves of garlic, chopped fine
sprigs of parsley, chopped fine
whip them together using a hand mixer
roll into a log, and wrap in a plastic. Refrigerate.
Spread garlic butter over baguette and toast in oven at 350 degrees Celsius for 10 minutes and you have crisp and toasty garlic bread. Best eaten immediately.
Garlic Pesto Sauce
Check out our parsley pesto sauce and follow the same recipe, with garlic as an added ingredient. You can make this sauce ahead and keep in the fridge for up to 3 weeks, alternatively you can freeze the garlic pesto sauce to prolong its life.
Simply whip together garlic, mayonnaise, lemon juice, salt and pepper, refrigerate for 30 minutes and you have a dip for your favourite finger foods, chips, and vegetable platter.
1 clove garlic
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 tsp peppercorns
1/2 tsp dried basil
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1/2 tsp onion seeds
Put together in a jar and refrigerate for 7 days, and you have your marinated garlic that you can serve along with pickles, antipasto or the likes.
Garlic Infused Olive Oil
To make garlic infused olive oil, place a few garlic cloves in olive oil, and heat slowly in the stove for the first 15 minutes, then allow to simmer for another 35 minutes. Garlic infused olive oil can be used for salad vinigarette dressings or to flavor pasta sauces, meat and soup. The garlic infused oil can keep in fridge for up to 3 weeks. Mix with balsamic vinegar and you have a very nice dip for your bread.
Sinangag Filipino Fried Rice recipe
Cut up some garlic cloves and toast in frying pan with oil until brown. Then add (day-old white rice) and sautee together. It is important that you use day-old rice, because fresh cooked rice contain a lot of moisture.
Roasted Garlic and Sausage on Sticky Rice
This is a dimsum item in many Chinese restaurants. Slivers of garlic are roasted together with pork sausage on top of sticky glutinous rice.
Potato Garlic Soup
The all Canadian favourite potato garlic soup. Baked potatoes are pureed together with garlic and then added to broth, simmer for about 35 minutes.
There are many ways of using garlic, but these are my top 10 ways of using garlic, which are very practical. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. Let me know your comments. I would love to hear from you.