Looking for an easy addition to your pantry that uses one of the most common seasonings, tastes amazing, and has multiple uses? Well, you’ve found it here, and it’s called Garlic Confit-or preserved garlic.
Why I Love It
I love this confit of garlic for so many reasons. First, it means your garlic won’t spoil. If you use plenty of good quality cooking or olive oil, you’ll have a lovely, garlic infused oil. Second, you won’t have to chop your garlic anymore. Finally, it reduces cooking time and improves cooking flavor – there’s nothing like gently roasted garlic cloves to add a special something to your dish.
Make sure your garlic is fresh. It shouldn’t have any green shoots in any of the cloves-these can be bitter when used so you want to avoid them.
Now, whenever you need a clove or more of garlic, it’s very easy to separate one or more from the heads. Simply squeeze the soft as butter garlic out of the skins, or slice off the top of the head and squeeze all the cloves out at once.
What You Can Do With It
You can mash it quickly for paste – it sure beats chopping and is a huge timesaver, or you can squeeze whole cloves out directly into your dish.
You can use for salad dressings, marinades, and anything else you want to add garlic flavor to. Add some to your mashed potatoes for amazing roasted garlic mashed potatoes too!
It’s also an easy way to make a quick garlic butter. Just take some soft butter and add in a few clothes of garlic and salt if using unsalted butter and mashed together well with a fork. There are dozens of uses for mashed garlic, and we’ll see it ahead in several recipes.
- 5 Heads Garlic
- 3-4 Cups Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Gather up three or more heads of garlic, and place in Iraq’s or ceramic dish, and cover generously with oil. I prefer using a good quality olive oil. It’s up to you to cover the dish are not. If you want more garlic infused oil, use a deeper dish and cover the cloves generously.
- Place in a slow oven at around 300 Fahrenheit and let it cook until the oil is gently boiling and the clothes are just turning brown on the outside.
- At this point, immediately turn off the oven and open the door, or remove the entire dish carefully from the oven. Let it sit several hours to cool.