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Uses for Elephant Garlic?

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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?

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

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      David Greenbaum

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

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

        1. 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

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

          2. 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

              ... or maybe for garlicphiles...?

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

              1. re: Katerina

                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^}