Garlic and olive oil have many health benefits. See some hearty suggestions and discover how to safely infuse oil with garlic.
Garlic infused oil is incredibly flavorful and very easy to make, but there are a few cautions. If the garlic doesn't get heated enough there are harmful bacteria that can survive and make those who ingest it very sick (botulism). Once prepared, garlic infused oil can be used in potato salads, to make homemade garlic bread, to accent green salads, and to cook french fries and potatoes. Drizzle over roasted vegetables or grilled items, and use in many other recipes for a bold garlic flavor addition.
How to Make Garlic Infused Oil
Preheat the oven to about 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
Simply add about 2 cups of whole peeled garlic cloves to a casserole dish. Pour about 3 cups of olive oil (or a mixture of olive oil and soybean or canola oil) over the garlic. Bake the garlic and oil uncovered for at least 45 minutes. The garlic should be a golden color or brownish color and the oil should be bubbling.
Remove from heat and let cool at least an hour. Scoop out the garlic cloves and reserve them for other uses. You will need them for the recipe provided below. Store the infused oil in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
Other uses for the reserved roasted garlic include spreading the roasted garlic onto toast or use in any recipe calling for fresh or roasted garlic.
How to Make Herbed Garlic Noodles
Make the oil ahead of time. Once the oil has been prepared, this recipe takes a minimal amount of time and is very easy to prepare.
about 4-5 cups cooked rotini, spaghetti, or other favorite pasta
about 2/3 cup of the garlic infused oil
about 1/2 cup of the reserved roasted garlic cloves (see above) -- chopped finely or processed in a food processor
about 1/2 cup fresh chopped parsley
about 1/2 cup fresh chopped cilantro
Simply toss the pasta with the oil and fresh chopped herbs with a few dashes of salt to taste. Serve warm or cold.
Choose some of your favorite fresh herbs for this recipe. Other great choices are rosemary, basil, and even some grated ginger.
Whole wheat pasta is a good choice.
Serve with a fresh green salad and sliced tomatoes for a healthy light dinner or a delicious lunch.
Serve on a bed of fresh baby spinach.
Add some pine nuts, walnuts, or slivered almonds for a hearty crunch and extra nutrients.
Serve with a side of roasted vegetables such as squash, eggplant, tomatoes, or even vegetable stuffed mushrooms for a healthy meal low in harmful fats (trans and saturated) and high in good fats (monounsaturated and omegas).
Extra virgin or virgin olive oil are the best choices. Any oils high in monounsaturated fats such as safflower and peanut oil are also smart choices.
This recipe is well tolerated even by those who have ulcers and develop indigestion easily as the olive oil contains components that naturally settle the stomach.
Both garlic as well as olive oil contain antioxidants that help fight certain cancers and other dangerous diseases. Olive oil has been shown to reduce dangerous cholesterol and is beneficial to the heart and the entire body.
Obviously these recipes are safe for vegetarians and vegans.
Olive Oil's Health Benefits
Herb or Spice Infused Oil