April 5, 2017 Sarah Lefebvre

April- the month of Garlic

food-652448_960_720Garlic makes my world go round. It gives amazing flavor to any dish it’s added to. I recently came across the fact that April is National Garlic Month, so I couldn’t resist writing about it! There’s so many options; garlic powder, garlic salt, jarred garlic, fresh garlic… I use them all!

However, my all time favorite is fresh garlic. Garlic cloves last a long time, so don’t be scared to buy fresh. Full bulbs will last 3-5 months in your pantry and even longer if frozen. Once the bulb is broken, it will last for a week to ten days before going bad.

Garlic press

Garlic press

One of the best kitchen buys I have ever made was getting a garlic press. I used to use a tiny grater, but that would leave me with wasted garlic and a fear I was going to grate my fingers! My garlic press has definitely changed my cooking experience for the better, and they are not even expensive! If you cook with garlic as much as I do, it is an investment you should definitely make.

Garlic is such a simple seasoning to use. I’m guilty of putting it on pretty much everything. One of my go-to lunches has been melting butter and adding fresh garlic and shrimp until the shrimp is cooked fully through, then putting it on top of brown rice and whatever veggies I have in my fridge. Healthy, simple, easy to make… yet full of flavor!

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Garlic shrimp scampi

Of course, we think of using garlic in foods we associate with Italian cuisine, like pasta. One of the simplest garlic sauces I like to make is found in this Creamy Garlic Penne Pasta recipe. I like to jazz it up a bit by adding veggies like broccoli and some grilled chicken for protein. Another garlic pasta dish that everybody loves is Garlic Shrimp Scampi. If you’re making pasta, why not keep the carbs coming with some tasty Grilled Garlic Bread! 

Cheddar garlic biscuits

Cheddar garlic biscuits

Garlic chicken, zucchini, and corn

Garlic chicken, zucchini, and corn

Another variation of garlic bread I love are these Cheddar Garlic Biscuits. In my opinion, these are just as good as garlic bread but have a lot more use. If you serve garlic bread with anything besides Italian food, it seems a little off. But these biscuits are a great side for a picnic, BBQ, or pretty much any other dinner you can think of! For example, they would go absolutely perfect with this Garlic Chicken, Zucchini and Corn skillet dish.

Garlic also goes great with combinations like honey. For example, these Honey Garlic Pork Chops are absolutely delicious! I bet the Cheddar Garlic Biscuits would go great with those, too. Or, you could always go with a more traditional garlic side, such as these Garlic Herb Skillet Potatoes. This particular recipe calls for quite a few ingredients, mostly herbs. I have also had great luck just making them simply, almost more as home fries, by cubing potatoes and putting them in hot oil with garlic, salt, and pepper!

Of course, there are thousands of recipes that call for garlic that we haven’t covered today. If you have a favorite, you should definitely share it on the Forq app!

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