10 Ways Tuesday: Garlic

Roasted Garlic (c)2012 LaDomestique.com

I’ve got creative recipes for cooking with garlic during summer:

1.  Whole Roasted Garlic

Slow-roasting whole garlic bulbs in the oven draws out their inherent sweetness, caramelizing the sugars and infusing the kitchen with their heady aroma. This takes about an hour, and I like to use Ellie Krieger’s method: slice about 1/4 inch from the tops and place them in an oven safe dish, drizzle with olive oil, cover with foil for half the cooking and remove the foil during the last half hour for a bit of caramelization. To serve, allow diners to squeeze the cloves from their skins (there’s something strangely gratifying about this), and spread over grilled bread. In Chez Panisse Vegetables, Alice Waters suggests adding roasted garlic to sauces and soups. It’s also delicious worked into creamy mashed potatoes.

2.  Rouille

You might have heard of aioli, the made-from-scratch mayonnaise composed of smashed garlic cloves, egg yolks, and olive oil? Well, a rouille is aioli’s fiery cousin, a homemade mayonnaise flavored with saffron and red pepper. In France, rouille is a condiment served with the fish stew bouillabaisse, but this week on la Domestique I’ll be whipping up a batch of rouille to accompany homemade french fries. Everyone needs a killer condiment in the recipe arsenal, and a well-made rouille is guaranteed to impress.

3.  Garlic Soup

The Europeans have long embraced garlic, believing it is good for you and using it much like we do chicken soup here in the U.S. Garlic soup can be light and brothy (like José Andrés’ life-changing garlic soup I wrote about from Jaleo) or full-bodied and nourishing. Mario Batali’s Sopa de Ajo recipe from Spain: A Culinary Road Trip, begins with 6 cloves of sautéed garlic, building flavor with stock and pimentón, thickened with bread, and finished with a poached egg. In the book, Batali describes his garlic soup as, “Really simple, really satisfying, really good.” You don’t have to wait for a sick day to make garlic soup, why not try something new?

4.  Hummus

Hummus is a Middle Eastern dip made with pureed chickpeas, tahini (sesame paste), plenty of garlic, and lemon juice. Smooth and velvety, hummus is satisfying and rich in flavor. Serve hummus with pita bread or vegetable crudités, or make it a meal on its own like Yotam Ottolenghi does in his recipe for Hummus with Ful from Plenty. Ful is a dish of mashed lava beans flavored with olive oil, lemon juice, cumin, and garlic. In the recipe, individual plates of hummus are topped with ful, then sprinkled with paprika and plenty of parsley. Traditionally, hard boiled eggs and raw sliced onions are served on the side. Hummus with Ful is a hearty Middle Eastern breakfast, brunch, or lunch.

5.  Garlic Shrimp

Sauteéd shrimp bathed in olive oil (or butter) and garlic is a simple pleasure I never tire of, especially during summer. Most of the time, I just warm olive oil in a skillet, toss in a few cloves of crushed garlic, and add the shrimp. Within a couple of minutes, the shrimp are cooked and ready to serve over pasta or rice for a laid back summer supper (with a crisp glass of white wine). This recipe for Shrimp in Garlic Sauce based on a popular Spanish tapa is finished with lemon juice and a handful of parsley. Or try this recipe for Spicy Shrimp with Garlic Butter.

6.  Garlic Croutons

In Chez Panisse Vegetables, Alice Waters writes, “Good bread moistened with olive oil and enlivened with garlic is almost always on the Chez Panisse menu in one form or another.” Country style levain is sliced and grilled, then rubbed with raw garlic. Cut the bread into croutons and serve it with the first ripe tomatoes of summer and fresh herbs, or with grilled mushrooms, or with anchovies. Use garlic croutons as a canvas for a simple, rustic appetizer made with whatever beautiful ingredients you’ve got on hand.

7.  Baby Squid with Garlic, Olives, Tomatoes, and Parsley

According to Patricia Wells in her book, Vegetable Harvest, “this dish comes straight from the Mediterranean.” Squid tentacles and bodies sliced into rings are tossed with raw garlic, cherry tomatoes, olives, and a generous amount of parsley and seasoned with flour de sel. It’s an easy, breezy summer salad that should be served with crusty bread for sopping up the briny juices.

8.  Garlicky Vinaigrette for Salads

Fresh garlic harvested in season is mild and sweet enough to add raw to salad dressings. In this punchy recipe for Garlic, Oregano, and Lemon Vinaigrette, minced garlic is tossed with anchovy, red pepper flakes, lemon peel, fresh oregano, olive oil and lemon juice. Use it to dress hearty greens like kale or spinach. Garlic is a key ingredient in Caesar Salad dressing. Try minced garlic in red wine vinegar based dressings or grainy mustard vinaigrette.

9.  Chicken with Forty Cloves of Garlic

Ina Garten’s recipe for roast chicken with forty cloves of garlic from Barefoot in Paris may sound insane, but this technique of stewing whole cloves yields sweet, soft garlic flavor rather than the aggressive punch of minced fresh garlic. A chicken cut into eight pieces goes into the pot with the forty cloves of garlic, Cognac, white wine, and thyme leaves and is cooked for half an hour, till tender and infused with the garlic. It’s one of those simple but surprisingly luxurious recipes that’s especially suited to entertaining.

10.  Pesto

Pesto could be the mascot of summer – a vibrant green sauce made by crushing garlic and basil with a mortar and pestle (or in a food processor) with pine nuts, and olive oil, then stirring in grated Parmesan. Pesto can be frozen in cubes or used immediately as a sauce for pasta, potato salad, and roast fish or meats (especially lamb). It’s a balance of fresh, licorice scented herbs, pungent garlic, nuts, silky olive oil, and salty, tangy cheese. Don’t let summer pass you buy without making a batch of pesto.

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  1. Roasted garlic is a signature dish in Seattle…:) Thanks for the 10-ways. When it’s not too hot to turn the oven on, I will start making roasted garlic again. Cute Staub mini…:)

    • We’ve had a respite from the extreme heat here in Colorado, but I’m sure you’re suffering down in Arkansas! I love my little Staub mini. Thanks for saying hi, Marina!

  2. Can’t wait to see your rouille with homemade fries. I first heard about rubbing bread with raw garlic from Mario Batali and Gwyneth Paltrow’s roadtrip to Spain and I’ve been doing it ever since. So simple and delicious. I’ve been meaning to turn them into croutons, too :)

    • Nicole,
      The road trip to Spain series looked like such a fantastic adventure, right? I’m with you on garlic bread- so so good!

  3. How could you possibly decide on only ten ways to eat garlic? I eat it in practically everything! Well, maybe not cake or ice cream. :) It’s super hard to pick out a favorite–I love garlic every way!

    • It was tough, Eileen! :)

  4. I love your ’10 ways Tuesdays’. They are so helpful. I’ve always wanted to make chicken with 40 cloves of garlic but never have. I should get on that.

    • Sarah,
      I’m so glad you enjoy 10 ways Tuesday, and can’t wait to hear how the forty cloves of garlic chicken goes for you!

  5. Yum! I want it all!

    • I knew you’d be with me on the garlic, Renee! Cheers!

  6. Alright, you’ve convinced me! Getting garlic ASAP and trying my hand at roasting later this week. I can’t wait to squeeze the cloves from their skins ;)

    • You are in for a treat, Ashlae!

  7. Roasting garlic is my absolute favorite. It finds its way into my hummus and baba ghanouj. I also love the simplicity of rubbing a garlic clove on hot crostini.

    • I agree, Adrienne, simple garlic-rubbed toast is a beautiful thing.

  8. Thank you so much for the reminder about garlic soup. Every year when garlic shows up in our CSA box, I mean to find a recipe I’m excited about, but that garlic always finds its way into other things, instead. Thanks to you, I now have a selection of recipes at my fingertips, and I intend – finally! – to put one to use.

    • I’m glad you found the garlic soup recipe, Jess. Have fun with it!

  9. I am addicted to roasted garlic. Recently I’ve just been throwing individual cloves in with potatoes and then pinching them out of their skins and eating them with crispy spuds. Great tips on roasting the whole head – can’t wait to try that. Perhaps I’ll smother it on toast. Great ideas Jess!

    • ROasting garlic alongside your potatoes is a great idea, Talley! Thanks for sharing it.

  10. That roasted garlic looks absolutely delectable! My boyfriend and I are huge garlic eaters (and onions too, so I guess we’re a good match!) so I’ll have to show him this list. I have a feeling we’ll be making the 40 clove garlic chicken soon.

    • Thanks for stopping by, Sara! I’m glad you’re into 10 ways garlic.

  11. Great ideas with garlic. The big garlic bulbs are staring at me at the farmers market every week and I am tempted but resist purchasing as I never have enough ideas to put them to good use.

    • Thanks, Sarah!

  12. Have you tried fresh garlic from the farmers’ market? I love young, fresh garlic. Mild enough to eat raw (but I’m also kind of a garlic-nut)!

    I wish I had been visiting during garlic week – YUM! :)

    • Elyse,
      I love fresh garlic! You and Vince need to come out for a visit!

      • It is high on the travel priority list. Can you believe I’ve never been to Colorado?


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