I love garlic! I love to eat garlic in everything! Don’t you?
It’s one of my favorite ingredients, but it’s also one of the most perplexing to me. Every time I use garlic I have feelings of guilt. (I use a garlic press. I don’t mince by hand). Every time I use garlic it burns in the pan. Every time I use garlic I either use too much, or not enough. Every time I use garlic I’m tortured.
As most of you who are here know, I am participating in a year-long scholarship with America’s Test Kitchen’s Online Cooking School. While poking around on the website- I was on their blog and ran across an article about garlic. I love garlic. (Did I say that already?) This was an article about how to use garlic properly. (“Making the Most of Garlic”) One of the things I love about ATK Online Cooking School is that the information is broken down so simply, the photographs and videos cover it so thoroughly, I (seriously) have a profound learning experience every time I’m there.
For example the garlic. Here’s the instruction as they present it: start it slow, get it small, always cook it. Really? Really! 3 very simple phrases mean so much! Of course the blog goes on to give a short couple of paragraphs about what each instruction means. Really it’s broken down so simply, even I can remember! So now I roast my garlic in the oven or toast in a dry skillet . IF I am not cooking it properly by “starting it slow! ”
So check it out! Head over to America’s Test Kitchen Cooking School and sign up for a free 14 day trial. Why not? It’s FREE! Check out the cooking school lessons, check out the blog for sure! And see what you can learn. I can’t believe how much I’ve learned! For Example… THIS:
Roasted Garlic via America’s Test Kitchen Cooking School Blog
Slice the top 1/2 inch from the garlic head(s) you intend on roasting.
Place the garlic in a piece of foil with a long drizzle of olive oil.
Make a packet with the foil around the garlic and oil.
Place the packet of garlic into a 425° oven.
Roast the garlic in the packet for about 45 min. When the garlic is cool, you are able now to squeeze it out and use it as a spread on toast (for before dinner) or you can use it in many recipes that call for garlic. Also to note, the olive oil that the garlic is roasted in tastes divine. Consider draining the oil into a small container and keeping it in the refrigerator to use. You can use it in salad dressings or mix it with herbs for a bread dipping delicious treat. The roasted garlic will keep a few days in the fridge. Enjoy!