Did you know that April is National Garlic Month? And that April 19th is National Garlic Day?
If you’re a lover of this ingredient, as am I, then it’s time to celebrate! I use garlic as much as possible in my cooking, and always have at least two or three heads ready to go.
In addition to keeping vampires at a distance, garlic actually has medicinal properties. My grandfather used to eat several cloves of garlic — raw!!! — every single day. He lived to be 95.
While I probably wouldn’t go that far, an enjoyable way to eat garlic is just by roasting it in the oven, and then spreading it on some toasted bread.
Just slice off the top of the head of garlic so that the individual cloves are revealed, drizzle with a little bit of olive oil, and add a little salt and pepper. Enclose it in some foil and bake for about a half hour or so at 350 — the inside cloves need to get nice and soft — and then uncovered for about 10 more minutes so that it develops a nice light caramel brown color. Squeeze the cloves out of the “skins” and spread on toasted bread.
Great idea for an appetizer for a dinner party….or maybe not. If your guests aren’t as into garlic as you might be, you may just find yourself enjoying this all on your own….off to the side.