100 Cloves of Garlic Spread

This super simple recipe yields two outputs – delicious garlic spread and a garlic olive oil for cooking.

Over the holidays, I saw a 2 pound bag of peeled garlic cloves at Costco and wondered how long it would take to go through it?  Well, that much peeled garlic won’t last long, so I had to work quick.  The good thing was that I had a lot of dishes I was preparing that required a lot of garlic.

But that didn’t put much of a dent in the bag.

So I counted out 100 of the cloves, trimmed off the ends and put them in a sauce pan covered in olive oil.  With the heat set to simmer, I left that alone for about 2 hours until all of the cloves were falling apart.

Now what?  Let the oil cool and pass it through a sieve to filter the oil and collect the garlic.  I put the oil in a mason jar and put it in the cabinet.  It actually didn’t last that long.

With the reserved cloves, mix in a little bit of butter and salt to make a spread.

Be warned, this is really, really garlicky.  It has an amazing sweet flavor, but it has all of the side effects of garlic.  You’ll find that, set out on the table, it will disappear really fast!


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