Garlic

Garlic is a fundamental component in many or most dishes of various regions, including eastern Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia, the Middle East, northern Africa, southern Europe, and parts of South and Central America. The flavour varies in intensity and aroma with the different cooking methods. It is often paired with onion, tomato, or ginger. The parchment-like skin is much like the skin of an onion, and is typically removed before using in raw or cooked form.

Aligot – Mashed Potatoes with Garlic and Cheese

Potatoes and cheese are beaten together with crème fraiche until they form silky, smooth ribbons of pureed potato. It’s a deliciously hearty recipe, and it’s tempting to eat it all by itself, in the dead of winter, for its sheer comfort value. Try to hold out, though, and accompany it with a rich steak for a luxurious meal. Once you do, it will be hard to go back to regular mashed potatoes.

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Blue Eyed Cod with Garlic Mustard Butter

Lovely barbecued blue-eyed cod cutlets with a drizzle each of butter combined with Dijon mustard, garlic, and dill.

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Česnečka – Garlic Soup

According to Czech lore, Česnečka (garlic soup) will cure just about anything, even the common cold. It certainly tastes rich and comforting. So, if you feel under the weather, make a big pot of this simple soup of stock, potatoes, garlic and cheese to help you feel better.

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Culinary uses of Garlic

The garlic plant’s bulb is the most commonly used part of the plant. With the exception of the single clove types, garlic bulbs are normally divided into numerous fleshy sections called cloves. Garlic cloves are used for consumption (raw or cooked) or for medicinal purposes. They have a characteristic pungent, spicy flavour that mellows and sweetens considerably with cooking.

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Gai Lan (Chinese Broccoli) with Toasted Garlic

Darker, leafier, and more slender-stemmed than Western broccoli, gai lan is nonetheless a cousin in the Brassica family, which also includes most cabbages, cauliflower, mustard greens, and bok choy. It’s worth seeking out in Asian grocery markets, but if you can’t find it, this recipe will work just as well with regular broccoli or broccoli raab.

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Garlic Mussels

This tasty Garlic Mussels dish is a real winner and so simple to prepare. Cleaning and de-bearding mussels can be a bit of a chore, so to save time buy the 1kg packed pre-cleaned and debearded mussels, readily available from supermarkets and good seafood retailers.

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Garlic Toasted Almonds

These toasted treasures are a quick and easy snack to prepare and the garlic flavour blends well with the almonds. For some additional bite add a few red chilli flakes.

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Honey Garlic Sauce

Honey Garlic is a sweet and sour sauce that tastes like a mix between honey and garlic, popular in Canada. Honey Garlic is one of the many sauces put on chicken wings.

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Salsa Ajili Mojili – Hot Pepper and Garlic Sauce

Ajilimójili is a hot sauce or hot and sweet sauce from Puerto Rico, traditionally served over grilled seafood, vegetables, boiled tuber vegetables and especially grilled meats. The sauce is a combination of olive oil, garlic, coriander or culantro, hot peppers, pepper, vinegar or citrus juice, all finely chopped or blended, simmered and cooled to serve.

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Sinangag – Filipino Garlic Fried Rice

In Sinangag, a Filipino version of garlic fried rice, rice is added to stir-fried garlic and then seasoned with salt and pepper. It is a common, everyday breakfast dish. Vegetables, meats, and other ingredients may be added but it is generally left bare, with just the garlic, pepper, and salt to flavour it, because any other additional ingredients’ flavours may interfere with the flavour of the dish eaten with the fried rice.

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Skordalia – Greek Garlic Dip and Sauce

Skordalia is a thick puree (or sauce, dip, spread, etc.) in Greek cuisine made by combining crushed garlic with a bulky base — which may be a purée of potatoes, walnuts, almonds, or liquid-soaked stale bread — and then beating in olive oil to make a smooth emulsion. Vinegar is often added.

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Sopa de Ajo Blanco – White Garlic Soup

Everyone has heard about the traditional red gazpacho soup, and many have tasted it. However, this recipe for cold white garlic soup or sopa de ajo blanco is just as tasty and refreshing. In fact, garlic lovers would probably vote for this soup hands down. It is easy, quick and healthy.

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Tempero Caseiro – Brazilian Onion and Garlic Base

Because Brazilians use onions and garlic so much in their foods they have created an onion and garlic base to help them save time. This base, called tempero caseiro in Brazil, is a simple mix of onions, garlic, olive oil, and salt that can be stored in the fridge for up to two weeks.

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Toum – Garlic Sauce

This traditional Lebanese dipping sauce really packs a punch and goes perfect with everything from meat to bread. It contains only a handful of ingredients common to every kitchen and is quick and easy to make.

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Tuong Ot Toi – Vietnamese Chilli Garlic Sauce

This homemade chilli garlic sauce contains no preservatives and can be adjusted to taste.

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