About Garlic, Garlic Tips, Garlic Gift Idea, Garlic Recipe below.
There is so much to be thankful for throughout the year! Just in case you don’t already know it let me tell you that we are so very thankful for every single order we deliver. Delivering good food to your door step goes a long way in supporting local farms, local families and keeping good food available to all of us here in the beautiful Treasure Valley.
Know Your Produce? White Garlic
This week each Variety Box has one or more heads of white garlic. Garlic is known worldwide for it’s abundant flavor. It comes in hundreds of varieties but in the U.S. white garlic is by far the most common. Judging by orders I know that many of you are regularly thankful for garlic. Although this may not be a new topic to you it is such a simple ingredient that it is easy to forget how much a little garlic can add to your meal. Getting to know garlic can turn those ordinary dishes into extraordinary ones. One of the simplest ways to prepare garlic is roasting. Roasted garlic has a vibrant sweet and nutty flavor.
Here are a few simple ways to enhance your meal with roasted garlic:
- Blend with butter and serve with warm bread.
- Mashed in potatoes with parsley or spread over roasted potatoes.
- Spread over steamed vegetables (we like it with green beans, carrots, zucchini, broccoli or cabbage)
- Add to pasta or pizza sauce. Even in made at home pizza dough.
- Mix into soups (we like it in potato leek soup, pumpkin or winter squash soup, vegetable soup, chicken with wild rice, and beef barley)
- Spread over poultry or other meat before roasting.
- Add to rice or stuffing.
- In vegetable or cracker dips. (Hummus, bean or dairy based)
- In made at home salad dressing.
- Eat it straight. Yes, some people really love garlic.
Roasting Garlic: Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Remove the outermost papery covering of the garlic so that the outer cloves are exposed. Chop the top off so that the inner cloves are somewhat exposed. Wrap each head of garlic with foil if baking on a baking sheet. If using a small baking dish cover the dish with foil. Roast for about 45 minutes until tender. Squeeze each of the cloves into a dish. Each head of garlic will yield about 1 tablespoon of pulp. If you are not using the roasted garlic right away you can store in a sealed container with a little bit of olive oil for up to one month.
Home Made Garlic Infused Oil
We keep garlic infused olive oil next to our stove at all times. It is perfect for meats, salad dressing, stir cooking and so much more. It is also great for gifting in a dressed up bottle. Despite the high priced bottles of infused oil in the markets it is fairly inexpensive to make. The bulk of the cost is in a good extra virgin olive oil, which most people often have at home already. You can make a lot of oil using just one head of garlic. Here’s how: 1) Heat 16 oz. olive oil in a saucepan with lid. 2.) Peel and crush 6 cloves of garlic 3.) Add garlic to oil and cook with the lid on for about 10 minutes or until garlic is golden. 4.) Strain out garlic and cool oil to room temperature. 5) Pour into jar and enjoy!