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Uses for Elephant Garlic?

Hershey Bomar Jul 11, 2003 02:47 AM

Uses for Elephant Garlic. I'm at a loss. I baked one once and spread it on a baguette, okay, but not great. Yesterday I stuffed a couple inside a chicken and roasted it. They come out bitter and undercooked. The chicken was fine.
What do people do with these things?

  1. k
    Karl S. Jul 11, 2003 05:54 AM

    I don't use the stuff, but I would imagine it is best used raw, given its mildness.

    1. d
      David Greenbaum Jul 11, 2003 08:04 AM

      Yeah, I loved the concept (hey! less garlic to peel!), but I'm really not a fan.

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        flavrmeistr Jul 11, 2003 08:36 AM

        Think of it as an onion, which it more closely resembles. Thin slices on a pizza are really tasty.

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          AlanH Jul 11, 2003 08:44 AM

          Elephant garlic is more closely related to leeks than to garlic. I find it to be too mild to use as regular garlic, but it can be a nice addition to some stir frys.

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          1. re: AlanH
            bryan Jul 12, 2003 01:22 AM

            So could you use it in place of leeks in something like, say, vichyssoise? How would the ammounts vary?

          2. g
            GG Mora Jul 11, 2003 09:43 AM

            Sliced into matchsticks, it's a nice addition to salads for garlicphobes. Also, the matchsticks can be toasted in the oven and used as a garnish for meats and fish. I don't bother with it much, as I prefer the all-out assault of really strong garlic.

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            1. re: GG Mora
              Katerina Jul 11, 2003 01:26 PM

              ... or maybe for garlicphiles...?

              I think a garlicphobe would wise up to your tactics pretty quick... :P

              1. re: Katerina
                GG Mora Jul 11, 2003 08:03 PM

                Well, yes. But there are garlicphobes and there are garlicphobes. The ones I'm talking about here are those what don't care for the dragon-breath attack of full-strength raw garlic but don't really mind the taste of garlic, per se. The other garlicphobes would have my head on a platter if I pulled a stunt like that (my father was one).

                No, garlicPHILES would do as I do (I hope) and dose the salad with a few cloves' worth of slivered high-test. B^}

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              muD Jul 14, 2003 02:01 PM

              Slice it and grill it!

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                cheryljoy Sep 19, 2010 01:49 PM

                My Taiwanese friends cut it into slices and put one slice onto a slice of a type of sweet (ish) hard sausage as a type of appetizer. Delicious.

                1. Naguere Sep 29, 2010 06:00 AM

                  I think Elephant Garlic is something to laugh at when you see it on a stall and then just get normal garlic.

                  giant veg is something to grow and admire and perhaps laugh at.

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                  1. re: Naguere
                    ttoommyy Sep 29, 2010 01:43 PM

                    I agree. I always thought elephant garlic was just for show. Like, "Gee honey, look, they have elephant garlic. Isn't that cute." And then you move on to buy real garlic and other normal-sized vegetables.

                  2. j
                    jindomommy Sep 30, 2010 10:28 AM

                    Roast it with olive oil and serve with goat cheese and crostini. It's way to strong to eat with just bread. Keep leftover cloves for sauces.

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