Garlic is a staple of many great dishes from around the world. Originally grown in Central Asia, before being spread and cultivated around the world, they are a great seasoning to any dish you might be cooking up, and add just a bit of heat to any occasion.
If you want your food to have just a little spiciness, Garlic is always a safe option. Crush them, chop them, dice them. You’ll find that garlic is your best friend for many recipes!
And that isn’t even including all the health benefits they bring to the kitchen too. For a single clove of garlic, you’ll find a surprisingly high amount of vitamins and minerals, fiber, and protein.
And for less than 5 calories too! They’ve also been shown to help deal with the symptoms of the common cold and flu, at tackling high levels of cholesterol in your body, and even help drive down high blood pressure. Not bad for a little plant bulb that can fit in the palm of your hand.
Small wonder that Garlic has been used in remedies for thousands of years.
And with so many ways to prepare it, you’ll be swimming in delicious ideas for how to cook your bulb of choice. If you want all the taste of these health benefits and more, here are some great recipes that use raw garlic for you to try.
1. Garlic pizza dough knots
Hope you’re good at rolling dough! This excellent, yet simple recipe will serve a table well as a great side to any main meal, or as a great supply of snacks throughout the day.
This recipe might seem a little intimidating at first, but with a little patience, a little olive oil, and plenty of garlic, both raw and in a powder, you’ll be surprised what can be done with such a surprisingly short recipe list.
What’s more, because it’s so simple, it’s easy to add your own spins to it. Why not throw on a few more herbs for that tangy taste of garlic knots to really fill your mouth? Why not add some cheese whilst you’re twisting these knots together, for the melt in your mouth feeling when you take a bite?
Once you’ve handled the basics of this recipe, the sky is the limit!
2. Garlic and Rosemary Roasted Potatoes
A great addition to any roast dinner you’re making. The butter, garlic, and rosemary combination will have instant mouth-watering results at any table. With just an extra clove of raw garlic, some rosemary, and a little rapeseed oil, it’s amazing what a little preparation and some spices can do for these classics of the dinner table.
If you’re an experience cook with roast potatoes, but want to try something a little different, this is the perfect springboard for your only creative cooking adventure!.
3. Garlic Mashed potatoes
If you prefer your potatoes mashed, then this will be another great addition to any roast dinner. If you’re already an experienced mash potato cook, this will be an easy way to change up your flavors. It’ll be a nice surprise to your family and friends when they find that little bit of extra heat as they chow down on your beautifully prepared potatoes.
Plus, adding the garlic is a handy little way of learning how you can add other extra spices to you mashed potatoes, to make them truly your own. Want to add more pepper? There’s nothing stopping you? Want to try out some creamy, cheesy mash? Give it a try by adding the cheese with your garlic.
Looking for a classic side dip to go with any snack, whether it’s bread, cheese, or vegetables? Then this take on the age-old hummus recipe will be right up your alley. It’s quick, simple and delicious.
The garlic really helps bring together so many vegetable flavors together, to bring out a mouth watering combination that everyone will be wanting seconds of.
With its low calorie count, being a good source of fiber and protein, you’ll definitely be getting plenty of bang for your garlic-filled buck. Not only that, but thanks to its meat and dairy-free ingredients, this is a great for vegetarians and vegans too.
If someone says to you that they could never go vegan because there’s no good food, give them a taste of this recipe, and watch those doubts wash away.
Just make sure you have a good food processor, and you’re just 10 minutes away from hummus heaven!
A great extra dip to add to any Mexican/Central American food you’re making. It’s a quick and easy side to make for any meal. It can as little as five minutes, and is sure to go down a treat with everyone. If anything, having a party without salsa is going to give people some raised eyebrows, so perhaps it’s best to avoid that in the first place.
Once you’re finished, whilst you can just serve it straight to the table, for the best results, you’ll want to prepare this overnight, then keep it in the fridge until it is served. Just make sure to add plenty of salt to bring all that flavor out, and there you have it. Enjoy your easily prepared and delicious salsa!
What Mexican meal would have salsa, and not some guacamole to go with it? Another great addition to any Central American-themed dinner table. This raw garlic-filled bowl of guacamole is great for going with your nachos.
And with no extra time in the oven or grill involved, this side dish is quick, easy, and full of healthy flavors. This is the perfect little addition that you can whip up while you’re waiting for the chili to finish cooking.
A classic bite-sized Italian snack. Great as a little midday treat, or as a side dish to an authentic Italian meal. Straight from the pages of a grandma’s cookbook, this will certainly be a recipe you’ll share with your whole family too. And let’s be honest, if a recipe like this didn’t come from a grandma or another family relative, can you really trust it anyway?
With less than 25g of carbs for a serving, and about 156 calories for two pieces, you’ll almost feel bad for finding a recipe this good. Almost.
Whilst any kind of bread will do, the recipe recommend using a fresh uncut loaf to let the herb-filled mix soak into it. It also suggests you use a smaller loaf of bread, as it will be more evenly toasted when it comes time to put it under the broiler.
You’ll also wan to keep in mind what the recipe calls for, and where you might be living when you make this recipe. That might sound a little odd, but whilst we might describe parmesan as any old cheese you’d use as a seasoning, it means something a little different in Europe. If it’s Parmesan over there, it has to be Parmigiano-Reggiano.
Of course, nothing can stop you from trying out different cheese for yourself. But the recipe still recommend Parmigiano-Reggiano for that extra authentic flavor, so keep that in mind before you start hunting for random Italian cheeses to throw in your bruschetta.
8. Creamy Garlic Dressing
If you’re looking for a raw garlic extra that’s packed with all that smelly goodness that garlic has packed inside, then this dressing recipe is going to want to be high on your shopping list.
It’s as simple as mixing everything together. But don’t let this simple instruction fool you. Once you’ve realized all the health benefits of this recipe, you’ll be wondering why you didn’t start making it sooner.
Got a cold or flu? Throw this dressing in a soup and let it do its tasty magic! Want a little hand with that weight loss plan you’ve been following? Keep this recipe by your side, and you’ll be saying goodbye to those extra pounds in no time! Heck, if you’re dieting right, this can also help out if you’re suffering from diabetes!
If raw isn’t to your liking, then with a little extra prep, this dressing also works with some lightly cooked garlic too. Make sure your garlic isn’t dried up or moldy, though. You’ll want only the freshest goods for this dressing.
9. Fermented Honey garlic
Want a little boost to your immune system for those times of year when flu and cold seem to be around every corner? Then this amazing combination of garlic and honey will go down an absolute treat!
The recipe itself is incredibly easy, so it’s a great little way to start learning how to ferment your foods. Along with the health benefits of garlic, the honey it will be cure in is a great way of easing sore throats ad pesky coughs that come in flu season. Plus, its antibacterial properties are sure to ease any signs of other pesky infections that plague your mouth and sinuses.
10. Garlic Salad Dressing
Want o spice up your salad recipe, but don’t have the first clue on where to start? Maybe you should give this raw garlic dressing a start. It’s easy, it’s tasty, and it will only take you five minutes to whip up.
For those of us who aren’t the biggest fans of those leafy greens, but now we need to eat them, the added garlic is a great flavor to add when you’re munching and crunching those leafy greens. Just make sure that you’ve a good garlic press, and a container to hold this dressing in. Even if it goes down a treat, you’ll need to keep it somewhere!
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