Monday, April 19, 2010

happy national garlic day!

Vampires Beware:
Soft, Buttery Slow-Baked Garlic is Here
April 19th is National Garlic Day and the perfect day to whip up a batch of this slow-baked garlic. Once you've tried it, you'll wonder how you lived without it. The uses for this garlic are endless: mix it into pasta, rice or couscous; rub cloves onto a roast or on chicken before roasting or grilling; add flavor to soups and sauces; add to pizza, sandwiches and of course, this makes some of the best garlic bread ever!
The long, slow baking process makes the garlic so mellow and delicious, not burned-tasting like some roasted garlics, or as pungent as raw garlic.
Begin with a baking dish that is just big enough to hold the garlic.
For one head, a small ramekin or custard cup is the perfect size:
Peel the papery skin from the garlic, leaving the cloves intact. Simply add about a tablespoon of broth and a little less than a tablespoon of butter. Bake uncovered at 350 degrees Fahrenheit (176 degrees Celsius) for an hour, basting with the liquid about 3 or 4 times during the baking. When done, remove from oven and let cool a bit. The soft, luscious garlic cloves will easily squeeze out of their skins.
Store in the refrigerator.


Katy said...

Best holiday ever! I come from a family of garlic growers - can't get enough :) Can't wait to slow roast some tonight... you're right, perfect for bread!

Lonesome Road Studio said...

I'm growing my own garlic this year too; I did it years ago and you just can't beat it. Nice, plump cloves, not those dried-up little things from the store.

Anonymous said...

Yum I love cooked garlic...especially in pasta or pizza. I'll have to try your recipe. Mmm.

Second Wind Vintage said...

I'm off to slow roast some garlic! Thanks for your recipe and tips! Great blog!

Doris Sturm said...

Oh, boy!

Lori said...

That sounds SOOOO good! I love garlic, but will have to bake it when the hubs is out of town as he detests garlic - a serious mistake on his part, don't you think? And you grow it too? I'm so doing this. Thanks for your contribution.

Lonesome Road Studio said...

Yes, Lori - do this when the hubby is out of town, it will make your kitchen (house) very fragrant, LOL!
It's very easy to grow, as easy as any bulb type plant, like tulips etc. Depending on your zone, you can plant it in the fall or spring.


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