Garlic Confit

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    Have you ever had Garlic Confit? Even if you are shaking your head “no”, I can pretty much guarantee that you have and it was what made a restaurant dish superb. Now you can make it at home!

    Garlic Confit is a condiment that adds flavor and sophistication to any dish. Gentle garlic flavor without overwhelming. So mild, in fact, that you can eat it straight up off an antipasto platter or spread on a crusty slice of bread. #garlicconfit www.savoryexperiments.com

    Garlic Confit is a condiment that adds flavor and sophistication to any dish. Gentle garlic flavor without overwhelming. So mild, in fact, that you can eat it straight up off an antipasto platter or spread on a crusty slice of bread.

    I made a new year’s resolution this year. It was to prepare one recipe from a beautiful cookbook at least once every two weeks. The plan is to flip to a random page and make whatever is on it, no exceptions, in hopes to go out of my comfort zone and learn new techniques.

    Garlic Confit is a condiment that adds flavor and sophistication to any dish. Gentle garlic flavor without overwhelming. So mild, in fact, that you can eat it straight up off an antipasto platter or spread on a crusty slice of bread. #garlicconfit www.savoryexperiments.com

    I’m two weeks in and so far, I’ve reached my goal! In fact, I’ve doubled my goal if we are getting technical. I then, very quickly, failed miserably… LOL. Stupid New Year’s Resolutions!

    My sister gave me a cookbook from one of her favorite restaurants, Gjelina, in Venice, California. The recipe I flipped to was Broccolini with Red Wine Vinegar. Those pink tinged pieces are the garlic confit seasoned with red wine vinegar.

    Red Wine Broccolini Recipe- Roasted broccolini recipe using garlic, tangy red wine, sea salt and pepper. Super simple side dish, but oh, so good!

    Simple enough, but it did require garlic confit. I adapted their version based on my experience. I used in two dishes and ate a few bites along the way, so it only lasted about a week, but kept in an airtight container, it stays fresh up to 3 weeks!

    How do you make garlic confit? It is relatively simple. Like many base recipes and condiments you need to start with quality ingredients. For garlic confit, having a solid and delicious olive oil is imperative.

    Some imported olive oils are mixed with vegetable oil since real olive oil is so precious. If bottled in another country where ingredient list standards might not be as stringent at the states, you could possibly be getting this blended oil. If the price is too good to be true, then perhaps it is?

    How to make garlic confit: a condiment that every kitchen needs. Super versatile in recipes or eaten by itself, garlic confit is a "must have" recipe.

    Even though there are some splendid olive oils from groves dating backs hundreds of years in Spain and Italy, I generally get mine from California. Slightly spicy, thick and sweet, it is the perfect balance of taste and price for my everyday kitchen.

    First press will have the most flavor and look almost cloudy. Don’t let your “good” olive oil sit around for too long. It is a fresh ingredient and will go rancid at some point.

    Use this “good oil” in recipes that rely on olive oil as their primary fat or are uncooked. So bread dips, salad dressings and things like confit recipes.

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    Garlic Confit is a condiment that adds flavor and sophistication to any dish. Gentle garlic flavor without overwhelming. So mild, in fact, that you can eat it straight up off an antipasto platter or spread on a crusty slice of bread. #garlicconfit www.savoryexperiments.com

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    Garlic Confit is a condiment that adds flavor and sophistication to any dish. Gentle garlic flavor without overwhelming. So mild, in fact, that you can eat it straight up off an antipasto platter or spread on a crusty slice of bread. #garlicconfit www.savoryexperiments.com
    Garlic Confit
    Prep Time
    5 mins
    Cook Time
    40 mins
    Total Time
    45 mins
     
    Garlic Confit is a condiment that adds flavor and sophistication to any dish. Gentle garlic flavor without overwhelming. So mild, in fact, that you can eat it straight up off an antipasto platter or spread on a crusty slice of bread. 
    Course: Condiment
    Cuisine: Italian
    Keyword: garlic confit, how to make garlic confit
    Servings: 4
    Calories: 50 kcal
    Ingredients
    • 2 heads garlic skins removed and tops trimmed
    • 3-4 springs fresh thyme
    • 3-4 bay leaves
    • 1/2 teaspoon course sea salt or Kosher salt
    • Extra virgin olive oil approximately 1-2 cups
    Instructions
    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
    2. Place garlic cloves in a shallow small to medium baking dish. Add thyme and bay leaves over the top, season with coarse sea salt or Kosher salt.
    3. Pour extra virgin olive oil over the top until fully immersed.
    4. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until garlic is light brown and fragrant.
    5. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 2-3 weeks as long as cloves are fully covered by olive oil.*
    6. If you've tried this recipe, come back and let us know how it was! 

    Recipe Notes

    Use seasoned olive oil in salad dressing for for topping meat and fish.

    Nutrition Facts
    Garlic Confit
    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 50 Calories from Fat 45
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 5g8%
    Vitamin C 0.5mg1%
    Calcium 3mg0%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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