What comes to your mind when you think of some vegetable or bulb that is aromatic (or pungent to some)? To me, it is non other than garlic. I love it’s aroma and the the flavor it releases when cooked with other ingredients or by itself. It is usually used as seasoning or condiment than as a main ingredient. It also has medicinal properties and known to reduce blood pressure, cholesterol and such. There is a restaurant in San Francisco called The Stinking Rose. You might wonder what’s that all about. The name is such because anything and everything is made of garlic in this restaurant including their ice-cream. Wow. Sounds weird? But the tastes great. People say that once you eat at this place and come out you are bound to smell like garlic for the next few days. Now, that I am not sure. But, I won’t insist that you eat that much garlicky food in a day but in small amounts such as a spread.
2 medium size garlic bulbs
1/2 tbsp olive oil
Salt to taste
Pepper – freshly ground
1 tsp red chili flakes or per taste
1 tsp dried basil leaves
Cut the top of bulb a little bit. Rub the garlic well with oil.
Place it in an aluminum foil, slightly loosely seal it. Place it on a pan inside the over and bake it for about 35 -40 minutes at 375F degrees or until soft. Remove from heat, open the foil. Let it cool down a bit. See below for garlic top cut off before roasting and garlic after roasting.
Now squeeze the bulb from one end so that the garlic comes out in the form of paste. If it does not, it means it has not softened yet and you need to bake it longer. Mash the garlic, add salt, pepper, chili flakes, basil and mix well. Use it as a spread on a bread or toss it with pasta. YUM.
Spicy herb garlic spread with some bread ~ Mathy’s JFI – Garlic