I'm now on the hunt for some easy and tasty recipes that use raw garlic ... trying to get it into my diet every day and am finding it harder than I thought, at least if I don't just want to chew a clove, which I really don't.
Would just love to hear about how others use it in "cooking" -- thanks!
well not 100% raw but nearly .... yesterday I combined some left over vegetables ; diced and previously steamed white cabbage and fennel + zucchinis , in a little bit of olive oil + a tad of water so that it wouldn't burn &which I covered with a lid on rather high heat
... and then I added about 12 large cloves of fresh garlic, it took me a little while to peel all that -whilst healping one of my children with homework, so the garlic got only about 3 to 4 minutes in the covered pan on the stove, since the zucchinis were done and the other veggies were warm enough.
I'll have about 3 servings out of that so that works out at 4 cloves of nearly raw garlic in each serving (other family members won't touch most of the vegetables I cook for myself, I've stopped battling by now ...)
curious to hear from others about using more garlic every day
(I can't do garlic that is in brine or in vinegar)
Can I answer my own question? Just in case anyone is waiting out there with bated breath?
For the last two days, I've been chopping up a big fresh clove and just adding it to about a quarter or half-cup of my favorite store bought salsa. I realize this may offend the purists but it's been delicious and fast and so easy.
Still would love to hear other ideas if anyone has them!
I chop it up really finely and add to salads with a dressing like olive oil, or balsamic or italian like. And in homemade hummus. And I like mine on bread (like toasted bread or crusty bread - I know generally not a "TF" food), again I just shop it pretty fine and put it on the warm sliced bread with butter.
Chop and add to olive oil and use as dipping for bread?
Chop and add to olive oil for pasta "aglio e olio"
Add it to hummus or other bean dips?
Chop and add it to chopped tomatoes and eat as a salad?
Chop and add it to some yoghurt and eat on bread for a tzatziki-like treat.
Drain some yoghurt and actually make some tzatziki?
I have a great vinaigrette recipe that uses lots of raw garlic:
2 C olive oil
1 C red wine vinegar
1/8 C salt
1/8 C sugar
1/8 C Italian seasoning (or fresh herb equivalent)
splash of hot sauce
big handful (or two!) of peeled raw garlic cloves
Put it all in a jar and hit it with an immersion blender, or throw it all in a blender or food processor until it's emulsified.
This dressing is thick and creamy, and it's not overpoweringly garlicky. Variations include dill instead of Italian herbs, cumin instead of Italian herbs, or adding anchovies to make it caesar-like.
pickled garlic is delicious!
I blend a few bulbs of garlic with some olive oil and salt and keep it in a little jar in the fridge...then whenever I finish cooking dinner I add a little scoop of the paste and stir it up. One of my favorites is pasta with olive oil, garlic paste, parmesan, basil, and oregano. Yum!
parsley tends to cancel out some of the garlicy-smell. i am addicted to pesto, so i make it lots. with lots of garlic. you can add parsley to the recipe if you like. it's basically a ton of basil, some roasted nuts (or raw i guess), olive oil, garlic and whatever else makes you happy.....