Chefs Are Going Crazy Over This Intriguing Ingredient And You Will Too
What Is Black Garlic?
Black garlic is a type of caramelized garlic that is generally found in Asian cuisine. Regular garlic cloves are kept at low temperatures in high humidity for several weeks until the enzymes break down. This is called a Maillard reaction and it is the same chemical process that produces certain types of seared means and fried onions. It takes away the sharp garlic taste and replaces it with a unique taste of sweet earthiness and a soft, sticky texture.
What Are The Health Benefits?
Black garlic is famous for having a lot of antioxidants and in Thailand it is said to increase longevity.
Can I Make It At Home?
Technically, yes. This is a process that could be done at home with a rice cooker, but it will take weeks. It is easier to buy it online or a specialty grocery store.
How I You Use It?
People generally use black garlic the same way they use roasted garlic. This could be by creating spreads, adding them to dressings, or using them as a rub before roasting meat. You can also turn it into a powder and sprinkle it on to anything for a umami taste.
As it grows in popularity, black garlic is being used in more and more recipes so always be on the look out for new ideas. You can get creative with your uses of black garlic and create recipes of your own.
Recipes Worth Trying
Black Garlic Coleslaw – From The BGNA Kitchen
Prep time: 20 Min Total Time: 2 hours (including chilling time) Servings: 4-6
- 1 cup mayonnaise (substitute low-fat if preferred)
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 3 cloves of black garlic chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
- 1 teaspoon of celery seed
- 6 cups shredded cabbage
- 1 cup shredded carrots
In a large bowl, combine mayonnaise, lemon juice, sugar, celery seed, salt, and pepper. Add shredded cabbage and carrots. Served chilled.
Black Garlic and Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette – BGNA Kitchen / Green City Market
- 3/4 cup olive oil
- 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
- 1 tbsp. maple cream
- 1 tbsp.black garlic puree
- 1/4 tsp ground ginger
- 1/8 tsp ground cumin
- dash of salt and pepper
Blend all of the ingredients together EXCEPT for the OIL. Then pour the mixture into the oil and mix until emulsified.
Pasta Al pomodoro – Shared By Pinterest
Servings: 6-8 Prep Time: 25-30 Min Cook Time: 20 Min
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 8 black garlic cloves, thinly sliced
- 796 mL can plum tomatoes
- 450 gram package spaghetti
- 1 cup chopped fresh basil
- Grated parmesan cheese
· Heat a large saucepan over medium-high. Add oil, then garlic. Cook, stirring frequently, 1 min.
· Add tomatoes and their juice, breaking tomatoes into bite-sized chunks. Cook, stirring occasionally, until liquid is slightly thickened, 10 to 12 min.
· Cook pasta in a large pot of boiling water, until al dente. Drain.
· Add pasta to tomato sauce. Stir to coat. Remove from heat. Let stand until pasta absorbs sauce, 2 to 3 min. Sprinkle with basil and parmesan just before serving.
Dessert (Yes Dessert!):
Black Garlic Chocolate Cake With Paspberry Sauce – Shared By Pintrest
For the cake
- 1 cup (225 grams) unsalted butter
- ⅓ cup (40 grams) cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 cup (225 grams) water
- 2 cups (240 grams) all-purpose flour
- 1¾ cups (350 grams) granulated sugar
- 1½ teaspoons baking soda
- 2 large eggs
- ½ cup (120 grams) sour cream
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 head black garlic
For the raspberry sauce
- 2 cups fresh raspberries
- 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
- ½ tablespoon lemon juice
- Place rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 350°F. Brush Cake Magic onto the inside of a 10-cup Bundt cake pan. (Alternatively, butter and flour the inside of the cake pan.)
- In a medium saucepan, combine butter, cocoa powder, salt, and water. Melt over medium heat, stirring to combine. Remove from heat and set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, and baking soda. Gradually pour in the chocolate mixture, whisking constantly with your opposite hand, until the mixture is smooth. Add eggs, one at a time, whisking until combined after each addition. Whisk in the sour cream and vanilla extract until smooth.
- Chop the head of black garlic in half, then remove cloves from the skin and place in a small mixing bowl. Mash cloves into a paste with the back of a spoon. Whisk the black garlic paste into the cake batter until smooth.
- Pour the batter into your prepared Bundt cake pan and bake until a toothpick or cake tester inserted in the cake comes out clean, 40-45 minutes. Place pan on a wire rack to cool for 15 minutes, then invert the cake onto the wire rack and let it cool completely.