“Garlic is divine. Few food items can taste so many distinct ways, handled correctly. Misuse of garlic is a crime... Please, treat your garlic with respect... Avoid at all costs that vile spew you see rotting in oil in screwtop jars. Too lazy to peel fresh? You don't deserve to eat garlic.” - Anthony Bourdain
Garlic is an ingredient revered by culinary enthusiasts. No other ingredient can give you that pungent, spicy flavor that is unique to garlic. According to About Food, garlic has been around for 6,000 years now and has been used as a seasoning in Asia, Africa, and Europe, before eventually being known worldwide.
As we celebrate National Garlic Month this April, we're featuring these yummy, garlicky snacks that will satisfy the garlic lover in you!
Sunday Hot Pants has a recipe for a simple spread made from garlic and olive oil.
Roasted Garlic Pure with Rosemary and Sea Salt (from Sunday Hot Pants)
4 whole heads of good garlic
a little olive oil
flaked sea salt
Ciabatta sliced and toasted
The garlic is roasted and mashed together with olive oil. The mash is spread on toasted Ciabatta and topped with rosemary and a sprinkle of salt.
Another snack that features the complementing flavors of garlic and rosemary is a sweet potato chips recipe by Oh My Veggies.
Garlic Rosemary Baked Sweet Potato Chips (from Oh My Veggies)
1 tbsp. olive oil
1 large garlic clove, minced
1 medium sweet potato, very thinly sliced
1 tsp. rosemary, minced
coarsely ground sea salt
The sweet potato is sliced very thin using a mandoline or a food processor. The potatoes are drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with salt and rosemary before being baked in an oven.
If you'd rather munch on chewy pieces of garlic bread, then you'll love this Garlic Knots recipe from Frites & Fries. The post features detailed instructions on how to make knots out of the yeasty dough.
Garlic Knots (from Frites & Fries)
1 ¾ c. water (about 115F)
¼ c. olive oil
1 tsp. sea salt
1 tbsp. granulated sugar
1 ½ tbsp. active dry yeast
5 ½ c. all purpose flour
1/8 c. olive oil
6 cloves garlic, minced
¼ c. fresh parsley, finely chopped
sea salt, to taste
TIP: Using a silicone mat when making these garlic knots will make it easier to take them off the baking pan.