Every week we pull together some great Canadian recipes from Canadian food bloggers around the web featuring one main ingredient or dish. This week, we're sharing a crowd favourite: garlic and garlic ramps!
Garlic is a pantry staple in virtually ever world cuisine and has been for 1000s of years - as far back as ancient Rome and ancient Egypt. Frankly, we can't imagine not being able to cook with it!
It packs a powerful flavour on it's own and maybe it's not something you want to eat a lot of on a first date (although to be honest, if your date can't handle garlic...maybe it's not meant to be!) but it adds so much to pastas, meats, condiments, vegetable dishes, charcuterie platters - the list is endless. It's also long been heralded for it's medicinal properties.
Garlic is very easy to grow at home (here's our guide to growing your own garlic) and you can eat both the scapes (the leaves or stems) or the bulb (which is what most people are familiar with). The scapes are usually harvested in early spring so that the garlic puts all its energy into growing the bulb, which is harvested a little later. Don't confuse garlic scapes with wild leeks (ramps). They're similar in flavour and come from the same family of plants but they're different.
Scapes are great for grilling or using in pestos or dips. Garlic bulb segments work in almost every savoury dish you can think of!
This collection of ways to use garlic starts off with some kitchen basics - Garlic Scapes 101, how to roast garlic, how to make make freezable garlic puree pucks for seasoning whenever you need it and how to make a fermented honey garlic that you can keep on hand for seasonings, marinades and more! Master those basics and you'll have always be able to whip up a great dish on the go. Then we dive into some delicious recipe ideas! We hope you enjoy.
1. Garlic Scapes 101 - 10 Ways To Use Garlic Scapes
Let's start with the basics. Pasta to Paleo has a Garlic Scapes 101 primer for you along with 10 ways you can use garlic scares and a recipe for garlic scape pesto.
2. Easy Roasted Garlic
Roasted garlic on a charcuterie board always feels so fancy but... it's not! It's super easy and takes your boards up a few notches. Mommy Kat and Kids shows you how to make Easy Roasted Garlic for your favourite charcuterie mix.
3. Pan Roasted Garlic Puree Pucks
Here's another garlic kitchen basic that every cook should know - how to make Pan Roasted Garlic Puree. Urb'n'Spice shows you how to make the kitchen staple and how to store it in the freezer in little pucks that you can pull out whenever you need them. This is a great no-waste kitchen tip and you'll also make your own roasted garlic oil in the process!
4. Fermented Honey with Garlic
Honey and garlic go together like peanut butter and jam! It's a favourite flavour combo - especially with chicken or ribs. Fermented Honey and Garlic from CulturEatz is super simple to make at home and you wind up with a condiment you can use in so may ways.
5. Roasted Garlic and Lemon Chicken
Roast chicken is a meal that looks complicated but it's not. It takes a few minutes of prep and then you toss it in the oven and you're done. It's a great dish to make on the weekend and the leftovers are perfect for meal planning during the week. This Roasted Garlic and Lemon Chicken from The Wine Lover's Kitchen will make a fabulous Sunday dinner and you can use the leftovers for chicken tacos, chicken salad sandwiches, a chicken pasta dish and... don't forget to make some homemade chicken stock from the bones!
6. Charred Leek and Garlic Hummus
If you haven't been adding roasted garlic to your hummus you are seriously missing out! This Charred Leek and Garlic Hummus from SugarLoveSpices will up your hummus game!
7. Grilled Garlic Scapes with Lemon and Parmesan
Nothing beats simplicity. When you have high quality, fresh ingredients the simplest dish can be magical. Grilled Garlic Scapes With Lemon and Parmesan from Earth Food and Fire is a great example of how easy and flavourful a dish can be with just a few delicious ingredients.
8. Garlic Toast Meatball Patty Melt
by Bite Me More
Swapping out regular bread of buns for garlic toast in your sandwiches or burgers is genius. And this Garlic Toast Meatball Patty Melt by Bite Me More is going to be a hit with the sandwich lovers in your life!
9. One Pot Herb and Garlic Chicken Pasta
Garlic is a fundamental ingredient in most pasta dishes and what's better than a one post dish? Not having to do a ton of dishes, that's what! So we love My Kitchen Love's One Pot Herb and Garlic Chicken Pasta and it's a good bet your whole family will too!
10. Fluffy Garlic Scape Buttermilk Cheese Biscuits
Who can resist a fluffy buttermilk biscuit? Not us, that's for sure. Add is some cheese and garlic or garlic scapes and it's a little warm fluffy bit of heaven. You're going to want to try these Fluffy Garlic Scape Buttermilk and Cheese Biscuits from She Loves Biscotti.
11. Sticky Garlic Pork Chops
by Jo and Sue
Garlic is excellent for pairing up with most meats, especially pork. These Sticky Garlic Pork Chops by Jo and Sue are a great example. A simple, 5 ingredient recipe that's ready in 30 minutes that's packed with flavour.
12. Garlic Cheese Bread with Fromage Fort
Ooey gooey Garlic Cheese Bread is a comfort food favourite. Celebration Generation makes her with Fromage Fort - a fabulously flavourful cheese spread made with leftover bits of cheese and a few other tasty ingredients, that helps minimize food waste (you can get rid of all those tiny ends of cheese that are too small to use) and leads to make the most insanely delicious Garlic Cheese Bread you've ever had!
More Garlic and Garlic Scape Recipes
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