Cravings: Garlic Infused Oil

You could say I have a slight obsession with garlic. I cook with garlic every chance I get. Pasta, fish, chicken…EVERYTHING gets cooked with garlic. Garlic bread is staple in my diet and cheesy garlic bread has at three meals in the last week. And no, I’m not talking about garlic powder, either. I’m talking about fat fresh cloves of garlic with a strong smell and devine taste. Some people get turned off by garlic because they don’t want their breath to smell. Personally,  I could care less if I sweat it out out of my pores.

IMG_2606.JPG When I came across a recipe for garlic olive oil I was intrigued. It’s not a new concept, I just never thought to incorporate my favorite flavor into olive oil before. I don’t cook with olive oil as often as I should but with the new year I plan to change that. I want to cook out of cookbooks more and start buying ingredients for specific recipes rather than throwing together whatever is in my fridge. With this resolution in mind I decided to go through Chrissy Teigen’s cookbook Cravings. I immediately found 10 recipes I wanted to cook but at least half of them required roasted garlic or roasted garlic oil. So with nothing else to do at 11 o clock on a Thursday I ran to the store and purchased seven bulbs of garlic.

Now, Chrissy doesn’t specify what type of olive oil she uses but I used Pompeian extra-virgin olive oil because why the hell not? I also doubled the recipe because I have a feeling just one batch won’t last long. An added bonus to this recipe is that it makes your whole house smell like garlic. Check out how to make it below.

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Ingredients:

  • 2 1/4 cup of olive oil
  • 30 large or 40 medium cloves of garlic, peeled

Directions:
Combine garlic and oil in a small sauce pan.

Cook over medium-low heat for 45 to 60 minutes until garlic cloves are brown and soft. (If the garlic cloves start to get bubbly on the outside turn the heat down.)

Remove from heat and let sit overnight.

Strain garlic cloves from oil and refrigerate in a sealed container.

Let oil come to room temperature before using.

Have you infused olive oil before? What’s your favorite recipe to cook with garlic? Let me know in the comments section below!

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