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Monday, April 8, 2013

Garlic in any way, shape or form

We lived in Gilroy, California ( the "Garlic Capital of the World") for five years and learned to enjoy fresh garlic prepared many different ways. Garlic is good for the heart, the emotional state, and just plain delicious added to many recipes. And fresh garlic doesn't stay on the breath as much as does garlic powder or  garlic salt.

Here's a dinner idea for the vegan or vegetarian in the audience-- Roasted Garlic spread on baked potatoes, with steamed broccoli sprinkled with sesame seeds.

Roasted Garlic
2 whole heads fresh garlic, unpeeled
¼ teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons olive oil

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Cut ¼ - ½ inch off the pointed ends of the garlic heads, enough to expose the garlic cloves. Put the heads of garlic in a custard cup or ramekin. Pour the olive oil on the open ends of garlic and sprinkle with salt. Cover and cook in 425 degree oven for about forty-five minutes, the same time it takes to bake a large potato.

Squeeze soft garlic over roast meat, baked potatoes or bread. Serves 4.

Serving suggestion: For a complete but easy dinner, cook the garlic and baking potatoes at the same time; serve with grated cheese and steamed broccoli for toppings.


  1. I'll do garlic anyway but in ice cream. Just couldn't get myself to try it.

    1. Em, You must have been to the Gilroy Garlic Festival, because they do serve garlic in ice cream there. As I remember, it gives a bite to the flavor, more of a tang than a garlic flavor.

  2. i am totally in agreement, it can be in everything.

  3. Ooh Karen, you've got me drooling early in the morning - I just slow cooked a roast with all the fixins' yesterday, however; I am loving this recipe. Have a wonderful day. We love garlic here and use frequently :)

  4. I visited Gilroy one very hot day during their Garlic Festival a few years ago. Everything I tasted was wonderful.

    A meal without some garlic is like a day without sunshine.

  5. Love garlic! I'll definitely try this. Thx
    CD Coffelt ponders at Spirit Called
    And critiques at UnicornBell

  6. I love roasting garlic. Unfortunately, my hubby hates the smell of garlic. But it's soooo good!

  7. Best thing in the world!! Roasted Garlic!!! Take care

  8. a day without garlic ain't a day at all!

  9. We're to the south of Gilroy, but I often see the trucks, their entire beds full of garlic, stopping by at the truck stop here. At our house, we eat garlic most days and we love it. Your recipe sounds great and I will make it.

    As an asides, I'm writing about a wonderful Utah experience in my post today. You may enjoy it.

  10. Garlic is an amazing thing! It is great for health as well as flavor. :)

  11. We eat garlic all the time! Good for the body. And no vampire would dare bite us.

  12. I spent my teen years in Gilroy. We hung the steak outside before we bar-b-qued it! You should see that place today. It's not a cow town anymore, but a bedroom community for San Jose.

  13. i am with you--almost everything taste good with a little or a lot of garlic :)

  14. To this day roasted garlic is a regular part of family dinners. I love garlic...not much more needs to be said.

    I love your extra suggestion for vegans/vegetarians.


  15. I like garlic, especially with green beans or garlic bread. I like a lot of foods that require me to carry around Altoids. :)

  16. We bake garlic cloves all the time. Mashed with a little olive oil, it's fantastic on bread.

  17. We eat garlic in our meals almost every day. It's yummy....just ignore the dragon breath lol.

  18. I am really surprised by all these comments by garlic-lovers!! Not sure why I should be surprised, because the Gilroy Garlic Festival is one of the largest festivals of any kind in the world. Yay for garlic!

  19. I've taught my hubby to put in extra garlic in everything he makes (minus sweets, of course). He knows how much I love it.

  20. Hi Karen .. I eat garlic sometimes .. but not as much as I used to - must have overdosed!

    The dish sounds delicious though .. cheers Hilary


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