by Erin Marissa Russell
However much you and your family may love garlic, sometimes your garden simply produces more than you know what to do with. If that’s the case for you, turn to this list of recipes we’ve curated for ways to think outside the box about how to use the garlic you’ve grown in your garden. You won’t find the standard garlic bread or garlicky marinara sauce here. We’re assuming you’re reading this list for ideas because you’ve worked through the list of traditional dishes and are ready for something unexpected.
Put Your Chef Hat On and Get Fancy With These Upscale Garlic Recipes.
There’s something to be said for the charm and ease of simple fare. However, sometimes you just want to flex your culinary muscles. The recipes here will let you show off your skills in the kitchen while making use of all that homegrown garlic at the same time.
Let Garlic Help Other Veggies Shine With These Produce-Centric Dishes.
Sure, garlic has a strong enough flavor for it to easily take the spotlight. Sometimes, however, a healthy dose of garlic is just what another ingredient needs to taste its best. In the recipes below, the garlic serves a supporting role to help other veggies taste more robust.
Treat Meat to a Healthy Dose of Garlic for Full-Fledged Flavor.
Nothing’s quite as delicious as a succulent cut of meat that’s been seasoned well and cooked to perfection. Whether you pair garlic with poultry, pork, steak, or seafood, it’s a match made in heaven. The recipes below have some ideas to help you get started.
No Need to Reinvent the Wheel—Let Garlic Do What It Does Best in These Pasta Recipes.
Pasta and garlic are a natural pairing and have been making one another look good for generations in the kitchen. While you likely have a favorite garlicky red sauce and know just how to make a garlicky oil-dressed spaghetti, the recipes that follow should give you some fresh ideas that riff on this traditional flavor duo.
Don’t Forget the Greens—These Recipes Make the Most of Garlic by Cooking With Scapes.
If you didn’t know that garlic greens are edible, you’ve been missing out. Similar in taste to chives (though with a garlicky kick, of course), the greens of garlic, called scapes, make a pleasing addition to all kinds of dishes. Try cooking with garlic scapes using the recipes below for inspiration.
Help Your Garlic Last and Last With These Preservation Methods and Non-Culinary Uses.
When you’ve eaten all the garlic you can hold, you need some way to keep all those bulbs around to use after your garden has stopped producing. These ways to preserve and store garlic will help you put up a bushel to turn to for recipes year-round.
If there’s one thing that diehard garlic lovers have in common, it’s a collective enthusiasm for food. There are just so many ways to make garlic the focal point of a dish. We know after perusing the recipes in this collection, you’ll find one to inspire you to use all the garlic you’ve grown this season.