Jun24

Gorgeous garlic

Tonight I have two friends coming to a casual pick and mix sort of supper. We have some gorgeous “wet” garlic, which I’m going to roast;  a dish of fried prawns and chorizo; and some new potatoes that I’ll dress with Salsa Verde. There’ll be a French stick, Manchego and a soft white cheese and some fruit – and possibly a glass of wine or even several.

Wet garlic

Wet garlic

At this time of year in farmers’ markets, greengrocers (if you are lucky enough to have such things) and some supermarkets you’ll see these wondrous new season garlics. They’re fat purple and white bulbs with lovely green long stalks.  Snap them up and enjoy them while you can, for the season is short – in a month or so they’ll turn into the semi-dried garlics that you normally buy which, delicious though they are, are not the same.

Fresh garlic is unbelievably mild (and leaves hardly a trace on the breath, always a plus) and you can use it freely to chop into omelettes and tortillas, crush into vinaigrettes, flavour soup and stock. Where you might use 2-3 cloves of old garlic, 6-8 cloves of fresh or “wet” garlic  will add a wonderful aromatic smokiness to your dishes.

Roast wet garlic

Serves 4

  • 4 bulbs of new season’s garlic
  • Lots of sprigs of fresh thyme
  • Olive oil
  • Sea salt and black pepper
ready for the oven

ready for the oven

Preheat the oven to 180C/gas 4. Cut the tops off the garlic bulbs, so that the flesh of each clove is just exposed. Pack the bulbs upright into a small baking dish, season with salt and pepper, arrange the thyme over the top and drizzle with olive oil. Cover with a piece of greaseproof  paper and bake in the oven for half an hour until the garlic is tender. Serve with hunks of Manchego or on bread spread with soft cheese.

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23 Responses to “Gorgeous garlic”

  1. Nathan says:

    Looks lovely, and the the photos are great too!

  2. Nikki says:

    Nathan, I’m really moved, thank you! took them myself in the garden, but you guessed that. N x

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