Roasted Garlic Butter and 30  ways to use it
Roasted Garlic Butter and 30  ways to use it
Roasted Garlic Butter and 30  ways to use it
Roasted Garlic Butter and 30  ways to use it

Roasted Garlic Butter and 30 ways to use it

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Roasted Garlic Butter

Warning: This recipe will fill your home and neighborhood with the most crazy, irresistible, mouth-watering aromas imaginable! Get ready for new friends.

Did you know that EXCELLENT Garlic grows in New Jersey? I did not know that. Up until now the best garlic was grown in California. To my surprise, recently a very dear friend mailed me a good-sized box of New Jersey grown garlic. I am impressed by the intense but mellow flavor especially when roasted.

Preheat your oven to 400ᵒF.

Roasting garlic is the best way to bring out the maximum flavor. However, the typical method of sprinkling the garlic with olive oil and salt or other spices and wrapping it in tin foil just does not make sense – scientifically speaking.

Cooking is chemistry.

Butter is comprised of 80% butter fat, milk solids and water. At room temperature it is a semi-solid emulsion.

The term emulsion refers to a chemical reaction of combining fat and water – which would normally separate. Egg yolk is used as an emulsifying agent to combine fat with water to prepare a hollandaise, mayonnaise, aioli, cream, and certain pan sauces.

When butter is heated it gives off a certain amount of steam. We will use that steam to help cook the garlic and extract the garlic oil.

To prepare GARLIC BUTTER you must begin with GARLIC and BUTTER… Anyone who follows my cooking methods knows that I seldom salt or season (except for marinating) before cooking. You can always add seasonings after the cooking is complete. Cook first.

EQUIPMENT: four 3-ounce ramakins or 1 large ramakin

PREPARATION 1 hour – Makes a bunch of Garlic Butter a little more than a half cup

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 stick unsalted butter cut 4 equal square
  • 4 Bulbs of Garlic

DIRECTIONS

Slice off the top of bulb of garlic and reserve the slice. Place 2 tablespoons (a square) of unsalted butter in the ramakin and place the garlic top side down on the butter in the ramakin. Place the sliced top to the side of the butter. Cover tightly with tin foil and bake 40 minutes.

When complete, allow to cool slightly, using the point of a paring knife or a demitasse spoon, remove the garlic cloves to the liquified butter. Using a fork, mash the garlic into the butter.

Serve immediately or cover with plastic wrap and store in refrigerator.

Garlic is known to lower blood pressure, reduces inflammation and stress, and repels sharks and vampires.

30 ways to use Roasted Garlic Butter:

  1. Any number of herbs and be added
    1. Rosemary, sage, Italian seasoning, parsley, basil, chives, Thai basil, lemon, and lemon zest, to name a few.
  2. Pan toasted Italian bread with garlic butter and avocado.
  3. For topping mashed or roasted potatoes
  4. Add to white wine for steamed clams
  5. Mushrooms sauteed in garlic butter
  6. Use when making pizza
  7. Combine with mayonnaise and/or yellow mustard for hamburgers and hot dogs.
  8. Salmon pan seared in garlic butter (any fish for that matter)
  9. Add to soups, stews, and chowder to enhance the flavor.
  10. Add to cooked vegetables to kickup the flavor
  11. Mix with ground beef for grilled hamburgers
  12. Top a juicy steak
  13. Combine with mayonnaise for a grilled sandwich
  14. Perfect when added to humus
  15. Combine with a rub for chicken, steaks, and chops
  16. Add to gravy for a deeper, richer flavor.
  17. Mix with mayonnaise for potato, tuna, or egg salad.
  18. Combine with balsamic vinegar and Dijon mustard for an exceptional salad dressing.
  19. Add to your favorite ethnic dish
  20. Mix with yogurt or sour cream for an excellent dip.
  21. Add to Pesto
  22. Perfect for corn on the cob
  23. Do not forget GARLIC BREA
  24. Add to Mac and Cheese
  25. Add to Guacamole recipe.
  26. Combine with olive oil for dipping
  27. Drizzle on flatbread
  28. Add some to a savory jam.
  29. Fantastic with salsa
  30. Last, but certainly not least…spread it on Italian Bread.