How do I cook with Garlic and get a lot of garlic flavor?
I cook with garlic a lot however I never get the strong garlic flavor I am looking for. I have tried using more and with out going over board I can not get my desired flavor. What is the best method of cooking garlic for the most flavor?
Cut the garlic finely, the bigger you leave the pieces the less garlic flavour you get. Don't overcook the garlic, adding it in the last 10 mins of cooking time is enough.
If you want a stronger garlic flavor, do not add the garlic at the beginning of cooking, wait until the last few minutes! The longer you cook garlic, the less flavor it has. Also, use fresh garlic--it makes a big difference!
I include garlic in every meal that I cook and what has worked for me is to chop some onions put them in the cooking pot and then chop some garlic very finely and add it to the onion and let it sit for fifteen minutes before frying with some cooking oil and watch out as the garlic can burn easily.just let it brown a bit and then add your other ingredients
You can also grate garlic, use a garlic press, or crush it with the flat side of a knife - this will get a lot of the flavor out.
Other than that, using fresh garlic and only sauteing it for 10 minutes maximum will ensure great garlic flavor.
I crush the garlic and fry it in a little oil before adding any other ingredient. This method gives the dish a very strong garlic flavor and I love it this way.
i differ with your responders slightly. when making meatballs i've found that using larger pieces of garlic rather than minced works much better.
I recently have found a great item that gives you that great garlic taste and you can adjust how much you want. Google : Knorr mini cubes, they are in the spanish isle in the grocery store. They have them in garlic, onion, and many more. I love theses because one you don't have chop any of them and they are easy to grab, and save you money. Usually you only need one or two cubes per meal, and there are 20 per box.
I love cooking with garlic and I have found there are two main methods to using it in a dish in order to get the best flavour.
1. If you want your garlic to have a sweeter taste, then you should cook it on a low heat in a little oil just until it is browned. However it is essential that you do this on a low eat otherwise the garlic will burn and taste bitter.
2. If you want the full garlic flavour I usually either finely chop or use use a garlic press and add towards the end of cooking this allows it to be cooked into the dish without becoming bitter.
And as a fellow garlic monster I also like to add some garlic oil/concentrate to ensure it has a really strong flavour.
I have found the best and most rich way of enjoying garlic is to roast the garlic. When this is done the garlic becomes like a wonderful soft paste inside it's' individual skins. You can spread it over meat and veggies or you can incorporate it in to a blend of meat like a meatball mixture etc.
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