Cooking with garlic is one skill that every chef needs to know about, as it is found in nearly every type of dish and sauce in world cuisine. Garlic was first grown for culinary use in Central Asia, and then was traded to the Mediterranean nations, where it became a staple part of the diet. It’s now grown in just about every country worldwide. Garlic also has a lot of medicinal benefits as well as being used in cooking.
Health Benefits of Garlic
Garlic has been used throughout the centuries as a general catch-all for all and any diseases. While it might not be the proverbial magic bullet, cooking with garlic can help with:
How to cook with garlic
Learning how to cook with herbs and spices is more than just working out how much to put in each recipe. You also need to know about how it is sold, as there will be a difference between fresh and dried in terms of taste and reactivity with your food. Garlic is normally sold in one of three ways:
There are literally hundreds of garlic recipes from around the world
to choose from, whether it’s as a base for a marinara sauce or used to
flavor roasted meat. The following is a simple recipe for garlic stuffed
mushrooms, which can make a great appetizer or light snack. You’ll need
Chop the stems off the mushrooms and clean the outside. You can scoop out the black insides to create more room, but these do add a certain amount of texture.
In a sauce pan, mix the garlic, cheese and breadcrumbs till the
cheese melts and you end up with a thick paste. Because it’s such a
simple plant, cooking with garlic is often this easy.
Spread the paste into the mushrooms and make it even. Try not to over
stuff the mushrooms, as the garlic mixture will leak over the edge and
ruin the look.
Drizzle the olive oil over the top and grill until golden brown. Serve with a simple side salad.
Cooking with garlic allows you to try this delicious creamy gratin soup.
Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
Place bread on baking sheet and sprinkle with cheese; bake until cheese melts (A few minutes) and set aside.
Melt butter in Dutch oven; sauté onion and garlic until tender.
Stir in flour; cook and stir until golden brown.
Add beef broth: cover and simmer for 20 minutes.
Puree mixture in food processor; return to Dutch oven.
Season soup with salt, pepper, nutmeg and lemon juice; add cream and reheat (Do not boil).
Ladle soup into bowls and top with a slice of toast; garnish with oregano.
Cooking with garlic creates this versatile mayonnaise; use as regular mayonnaise.
Squeeze pulp into blender from roasted garlic bulb; add ¼ cup oil, egg substitute, mustard and vinegar.
Process stopping to scrape down sides; add remaining oil as you process on high speed.
Whether you are cooking with garlic for the flavor or the health benefits, you may eventually find that you are adding a bit of garlic to just about every dish you cook.
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