Chatelaine Kitchen

The single best way to use fresh, local garlic

Now is the time to start sourcing delicious fall produce at the market, but make sure to take advantage of this seasonal crop while it's still available.

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Local garlic is in season right now!

As we say goodbye to the berries and tender fruit of summer, we welcome some of the fruits and veggies that our Canadian climate grows best. Now is the time to source delicious fall produce like apples, pears, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots and garlic—don’t forget the garlic!

From March to June, the majority of garlic we buy is imported, so take advantage of the local crop while it’s still available. When at the market, look for heads that are plump and firm, and that haven’t sprouted green shoots. The paper-like covering should fully cover the garlic, keeping the cloves firmly together. The head should also feel weighty; A head that is too light is likely dried out. Store in a dry, airy location.

There are a million and one ways to enjoy garlic but one of my favourites is to make garlic confit. To “confit” something means to cook it in oil at a very low temperature. Generally, garlic is broken into cloves and slow-cooked for about an hour, but I’ve developed a “cheater” recipe using sliced garlic that speeds things up significantly.

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So much tasty garlic!

To confit garlic creates a very soft, mellow, sweet and tender result. It’s fantastic in pan sauces and holiday gravies. Since it’s already cooked, whisk it in with the white wine for our quick and easy turkey gravy. Garlic confit also loves spinach and would be delicious in our quinoa and wilted spinach or mashed into our modern baked potato.

Because of the low cooking temperature, confit shouldn’t be stored for too long for safety reasons. (You can keep it covered in the fridge for up to a week.) That said, this shortcut recipe makes just the right amount for a few tasty meals. (You’ll eat through it in no time, and won’t hesitate to make another batch.)

Local garlic has such pretty cloves and such a nice flavour.

Local garlic: pretty cloves and such a nice flavour.

Quick garlic confit
Prep: 10 minutes
Total: 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 heads garlic
  • 3/4 cup olive oil

Instructions

  • PEEL all of the garlic. (What’s the best way to peel garlic? Check out this helpful tip). Then, slice garlic as thinly as possible.
  • PLACE sliced garlic and oil in a medium pot over medium-low heat. Let heat in the oil, until the slices begin to turn translucent, about 8 to 15 minutes. You may need to adjust the heat slightly up and down depending on your stove. If the garlic begins to brown, your heat is too high. Remove from heat when garlic is very tender.
  • POUR into a jar. Let cool fully. Cover and refrigerate. Garlic will last up to one week.
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Quick and easy, this garlic confit will boost your best holiday dishes.

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