Rabu, 7 Januari 2009

Roasted Garlic Spread

This is great on veggies, potatoes, pasta, rice. Top a grilled steak, fish or chicken. Spread on your favorite bread or dip a breadstick into it. Blend into cream cheese for a garlic spread. The uses are endless. SERVES 10

· 4 heads garlic
· 1/8-1/4 cup olive oil
· salt and pepper
· 1/2 teaspoon fresh rosemary, minced

Cut garlic crosswise in half and spread some oil on cut surface, wrap in foil.
Roast in 375°F oven about 45-50 minutes.
Till soft and golden.
Squeeze the meat out of the skins season with salt and pepper add enough oil to taste while using a fork to smash till smooth and creamy. Mix in rosemary.

Can be frozen.
Just bring to room temperature and mix with a fork.
Use on whatever you like or do like me and use on everything!

Roasted garlic is wonderful spread on lightly toasted pieces of Italian bread or baguette. You can also add it to mashed potatoes for garlic mashed potatoes.

To roast whole already peeled cloves such as those that can be bought in a jar from the store. Place the peeled cloves into a small oven proof dish and drizzle with oil and add a splash of water. Season with salt, cover with foil and place in the oven as mentioned above.

*Source - internet

In Islam, olive oil is mentioned in the Quranic verse: "God is the light of heavens and earth. An example of His light is like a lantern inside which there is a tourch, the tourch is in a glass bulb, the glass bulb is like a bright planet lit by a blessed olive tree, neither Eastern nor Western, its oil almost glows, even without fire touching it, light upon light." The Qur’an also mentions olives as a sacred plant: "By the fig and the olive, and the Mount of Sinai, and this secure city."[3] Olive oil is also reported to have been recommended by the Muslim Prophet Muhammad in the following terms: "Consume olive oil and anoint it upon your bodies since it is of the blessed tree." He also stated that it cures 70 diseases.

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