Garlic Infused Olive Oil

Renée G.

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@ReneeCooks

I've talked about my former grandmother-in-law here before, and this was another thing I learned from her. She came from Tuscany and it was common practice for every cook to have a jar of garlic infused oil sitting on the back counter near their stoves.

The garlic cloves will get soft, still flavorful, and just right for mashing and using for sandwich spreads (mixed with mayo and mustard) or in salad dressings. You will find many uses for this garlic that has been cooked by the hot oil. And, the bonus is the oil is infused with a mellow garlic essence, great for cooking and baking.


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Serves:

Makes about 2½ Cups

Method:

Stove Top

Ingredients

1 cup peeled garlic cloves (i cut each one in half)
1½ cup olive oil

Directions Step-By-Step

1
Place peeled and halved* garlic cloves in a 1 qt. jar.

*It's not completely necessary but I have found that by cutting the cloves in half, it infuses more flavor into the oil.
2
Pour oil into small sauce pan and heat over medium heat until very hot, but not boiling.
3
Pour hot oil over garlic cloves. CAREFUL - the oil will begin to bubble and boil up as it hits the garlic cloves; that's why you need such a big jar.)
4
Allow to set on your counter where it's close by and ready to use in multiple ways.
5
NOTE: You can always transfer to a smaller jar if you wish, but I just leave everything where it is.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Other Sauces
Main Ingredient: Spice/Herb/Seasoning
Regional Style: Italian