This is the first installment of a new “Spotlight On” series that will feature a new ingredient every month or so. First up: garlic. Delicious garlic.
Health Benefits of garlic include:
-Boosting the immune system
-A good source of manganese, vitamin B6, vitamin C, and selenium
-Anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-inflammatory
When you cut garlic, sulfur compounds combine with enzymes in each clove to produce allicin, a compound that gives garlic much of its health benefits and its bite. When cooking, mince the garlic first and let it sit for 10 minutes to give these compounds the time to form and they will better withstand heat.
As my recipe database expands, I will link highlighted ingredients to recipes that feature that ingredient. Since I don’t have anything super garlicky there yet (how is that possible?), here’s a quick tutorial on making roasted garlic:
For a simple treat, try roasted garlic spread on bread. Just slice the very top off of a head of garlic, so that it remains intact but each clove is exposed. Drizzle with olive oil, wrap up in tin foil, and bake at 400° until the garlic cloves are soft and aromatic, at least 45 minutes or more depending on the size of the head of garlic.