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Roasted Garlic – Dishes That Are Better Because Of It

Roasted Garlic - the byproduct of making garlic infused oil

 

The other day I was asked “What do you do with all of the roasted garlic from the Infused Garlic Oil recipe?”  Great question!  For those of you who aren’t familiar with my Roasted Garlic Infused Oil, here’s a brief summary.  The recipe provided here uses 4 to 6 heads of garlic and yields about 3 cups of garlic infused oil, and lots of roasted garlic cloves. The garlic oil is easy to use.  Just use it in place of regular olive oil any time you want to impart a little garlic flavor in a dish.  However, all of those roasted garlic cloves don’t get used up quite as easily.  After a little surfing I was able to find several recipes that call for a respectable amount of roasted garlic. Here they are for your enjoyment!

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Mushroom Garlic Soup

Mushroom garlic soup - an extremely flavorful and healthy soup #garlic #soup @mjskitchen |mjskitchen.com

 

Do you like mushrooms? Garlic? Soup?  If you answered yes, yes, and yes, then this mushroom garlic soup is definitely the dish for you. This soup takes the wonderful flavor of mushrooms sauteed in garlic butter and puts it into a soup – a garlic and mushroom lover’s dream!

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A Celebration of Garlic

 

For anyone who has been following my blog for more than a day knows that I LOVE, I mean LOVE garlic! So in honor of this versatile and tasty bulb, I am dedicating this post to all foods garlic.  Through the last several months I have found others that celebrate garlic as much as I do, so I am sharing their love and my love with you through a variety of recipes, all of which use a respectable amount of garlic.  Cook and Enjoy!
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Cold Asparagus and Garlic Soup

Cold Asparagus Soup with Garlic #asparagus @MJsKitchen

 

When the weather starts warming up, I switch from hot soups to cold soups because they make a refreshing summertime lunch. One of my favorite cold soups is this cold asparagus soup with lots of garlic. It’s a great soup to make anytime, but is a tasty solution for the large asparagus spears you find late in the season.  Add a head of garlic and you have, not just a tasty soup, but an all around healthy soup.

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Capellini, Garlic, Lemon and Egg Pasta

Pasta with garlic, lemon, and an egg is a delicious quick & easy dish. #recipe #pasta #preservedlemons @MJsKitchen

 

I’m sure we all have our ridiculously easy dishes that we can fix on a lazy night in the kitchen or when we dine alone.  This pasta with lemon, garlic and an egg is one of mine.  The most time-consuming part of the process is cooking the pasta but if you use capellini (angel hair), it doesn’t take any time to cook once the water comes to a boil. The veggies can be chopped and sauteed by the time the pasta is done and then it’s just a matter of frying or poaching the egg.

I do use those wonderful preserved lemons I keep in the refrigerator, but if you don’t have any, you can always substitute lemon juice and zest, or even better Meyer Lemon and zest.  See my Kitchen Notes for more substitution ideas.

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Cucumber and Cream Cheese Crostini

A simple cucumber crostini with garlic cream cheese and a touch of chile. #crostini @mjskitchen mjskitchen.com

 

Last summer I stopped by a friend’s house to pick some fresh basil (she had tons!), and she served afternoon tea and cucumber sandwiches.  The sandwiches weren’t much more than a slice of cucumber on bread, but they were so refreshing and tasty. These simple sandwiches were the inspiration for the cucumber crostini with cream cheese.

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Roasted Garlic Feta Dip with Capers

A quick and easy roasted garlic feta dip. Only 4 ingredients! #roasted #garlic @mjskitchen mjskitchen.com

 

Remember my Roasted Garlic Infused Olive Oil from a while back? Well, this Roasted Garlic Feta Dip is one of those tasty little appetizers that I throw together using the roasted garlic.  Putting a dip together can’t get much quicker than this. Four ingredients and a box of crackers or chips is all you need.
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Roasted Garlic Infused Olive Oil

Roasted Garlic and Garlic Infused Olive Oil mjskitchen.com

If you saw my previous post – Garlic Soup – you’ve gathered that I love garlic. Not only do I put garlic in many, many of my dishes, but I also “feature” garlic in several of them.  I love just smashing a roasted garlic clove on a cracker and popping it in my mouth.  Thank goodness Bobby likes garlic as much as I do!

I used to roast garlic in a stoneware garlic roaster which is always good.  Then one day I experimented with a method to make garlic infused oil and ended up with not only a great bottle of oil, but a jar of some of the best roasted garlic I had ever had! The cloves were more “toasted” than traditional roasted garlic cloves which are softer. The lime steps the flavor up a notch.  I hope you give this a try.  You’ll love both the garlic cloves and the garlic infused oil!

Once made, if you need some ideas on how to use that much roasted garlic,  here are some dishes that are better because of it.

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Garlic Soup

Garlic soup is a very tasty way to take advantage of the health benefits of garlic.  It’s SO much better than taking a garlic pill!  To make it even healthier, add some sauteed mushrooms to the finish soup.  See the Mushroom Garlic Soup Recipe.

Bowl of Garlic soup with a garnish of parsey

On one of our trips to New Orleans, Bobby and I ate at Bayona, owned by Chef Susan Spicer.  I had a rabbit dish that was absolutely delicious as were all of the other meals that were eaten at our table that night. So you can imagine how excited I got when one of my cooking shows did a short segment on Bayona’s Garlic Soup.  I immediately looked it up on the internet and bookmarked it to make one day.  Well, that day has come.

But – as some of you may already know – I’m not very good at following a recipe, so the soup I ended up tasting different from Bayona’s Garlic Soup. How different?  I have no idea and may never know because this garlic soup was so good that I don’t think I could make it any other way.

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