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Roasted Garlic Bits?

kjonyou Mar 16, 2011 01:42 PM

Dose anyone know what to do with roasted garlic bits? I needed a quick garlic oil, so I put 4 cloves of garlic pressed into 1/4 olive oil and baked for 30 min. I got the oil I wanted, but I was just thinking, now I have all these garlic bits kind of golden brown and crunch. What to do with them?

Do you think they would get too over cooked and bitter if ground into bread crumbs? Should I just thow them out?

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  1. boogiebaby RE: kjonyou Mar 16, 2011 01:56 PM

    I would add them to a stirfry or something.

    1. DuchessNukem RE: kjonyou Mar 16, 2011 02:38 PM

      Step away from the trash can....... !!! :)

      Freeze if not used right away, but how about:

      Baked or mashed potato topping
      Pizza/flatbread topping
      Add to soup/beans
      Add to salad dressing
      Salad topping

      1. Emme RE: kjonyou Mar 16, 2011 08:49 PM

        mix them into bread dough
        add to omelettes
        make spinach-ricotta pancakes
        sprinkle on top of salad for "garlicroutons" (garnish of any sort really)
        add to stuffing for stuffed mushrooms
        add to fried rice of sorts...

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          sancan RE: kjonyou Mar 17, 2011 02:04 AM

          I'm curious about how your garlic oil tasted. I like crunchy garlic bits if they are just barely golden and still nutty - was the oil flavor similar to that? When I make garlic oil I start with cold oil in a skillet and slowly bring it up to temp. The garlic gets soft instead of crunchy, and the oil may have a totally different flavor than your toasted garlic oil. Have you done both? I may have to do both and have a comparison tasting. Love all kinds of garlic flavor. And, in answer to your question, I wouldn't toss that garlic - even if I just had it for a snack! I loved Emme's idea of a garlic omelette - in fact it may be featured in my next breakfast-for-dinner menu (thanks, Emme).

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            kjonyou RE: sancan Mar 17, 2011 10:33 AM

            Hey everyone, thanks for all the great suggestions!

            To answer your question about garlic oil, I have not tried both methods side by side but to be honest, the garlic oil was not as garlicy as I would have liked. The smell was there but nothing close to the the acutal cloves.

            Hey if you love garlic mashed, I found a recipe that is awsome, beats all the others I have tried and you dont boil it with the liquid. technique!

            Chef Jean Pierre's Roasted Garlc Mashed Potatoes

          2. KaimukiMan RE: kjonyou Mar 17, 2011 10:50 AM

            butter some bread, sprinkle on the garlic, consume.

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