Garlic Confit – Roasting Garlic in Olive Oil

I love fancy names.  Confit is just so impressive to say and to tell people.  Do you taste this fabulous food?  Well I confited the garlic and that is why it taste amazing!  The definition is really used for preserving meats in their own fat (think duck confit).  Also, it can be a way to preserve fruits and vegetables in a aromatic liquid, usually a sugar liquid.  So “technically” the garlic isn’t quite confited, but the theory is there and again, I got to use a fancy name which was fun.

The recipe is easy enough.  All you need is time. It takes a good hour to get this…

 

To look like this…

Roasted Garlic Olive Oil and Cloves

Roasting Garlic Cloves in Olive Oil

  • 2 Garlic Bulbs cleaned of the outer paper and left in whole cloves
  • 2 Fresh Rosemary Sprigs
  • 2 Fresh Thyme Sprigs
  • 1/2 tsp Coarse Ground Pepper
  • 1 tsp Grey Salt or Kosher Salt
  • 1 – 1/2 cup of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  1. Put the whole garlic cloves in a small sauce pan.  Add the rosemary, thyme, salt and pepper.
  2. Submerse the garlic cloves in olive oil.
  3. Cook on the lowest setting of your burner and cook for 60-75 minutes.
  4. Discard the rosemary and thyme before using.

That is it!  This is super easy.  What do you do with this roasted garlic?  Well you can strain the oil and save it for cooking and flavoring dishes with garlic infused olive oil.  You can spread the super soft and sweet garlic cloves on a baguette and eat it with some coarse salt on top.  You can make a paste of garlic by mashing the soften cloves and then remixing the oil with it.  Then toss raw vegetables with the garlic – oil paste and roast in a oven at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes.  If you do that you will get amazingly sweet garlic perfumed veggies that look something like the broccoli and cauliflower in this dish.

You can use the oil and cloves to make pesto, sauces, hummus, dips, spreads, compound butters or mix with pasta, chili flakes and some really good Parmesan cheese and call it a meal.  Really it is versatile for so many things.  So try this out and see if you can make a delicious family dinner of your own…Clink!

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