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How to Cook Garlic: Different Styles from Around the World

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How to cook garlic using various methods around the world is an interesting topic. Garlic cooking methods are used around the entire world to make condiments or as a primary spice. Cooked garlic is a basic component in many dishes on a global scale. Cultures from North America, South America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East all consume it frequently. It is the third most popular spice behind salt and pepper. Millions of tons of garlic are consumed every day worldwide. The health benefits of garlic are nearly legendary. The most common part of the garlic plant that gets used in recipes is the bulb. It has a pungent, strong flavor that is undeniable. The leaves are sometimes eaten, but rarely. They tend to be much milder in flavor than the bulbs.

The flavor of the garlic often varies based upon its methods of preparation. Raw garlic is the strongest tasting form of garlic. It can be mixed with olive oil of spread on bread with various vegetables and additional spices. It is commonly called bruschetta, garlic bread, garlic toast, and crostini. The garlic is often minced and spread over bread with tomatoes and basil or spread on with other flavors or by itself. Garlic is also commonly paired with onion and ginger as well as tomato.

These flavors influence food from a variety of regions and culinary disciplines. Ginger mixed with garlic comes predominantly from Asia, South Asia, and Southeast Asia. Specifically, in Korean they make a dish called black garlic which is prepared by fermenting garlic at high temperature. It is mixed with soy sauce throughout all of Asia. Whereas, dishes mixing onion and garlic can be traced to Europe and South America. The heavy use of garlic in Italian food is generally mixed with tomato and oregano. The French prefer a mixture of garlic and tarragon in their dishes. Moving further East across Europe the Russians eat garlic mixed with sour cream. Whereas, the Greeks prefer it mixed with lemon and cinnamon.

In North America, garlic is used in many common dishes and a variety of preparation styles are used. Sautéing is the most common method used for cooking garlic. It gives the garlic a nutty savory flavor. Garlic can be sautéed in oil or butter. The sauté can then be poured into just about any recipe. Specifically, in the United States garlic is used in barbeque. This traditional way of preparing meats comes from the Southern United States. Barbecue uses a wide variety of flavors added to sauces that are cooked over open flame. Garlic is a big part of the flavor palette of this style of cooking. To learn more about how to cook garlic read our garlic recipes page or visit on of these garlic restaurants. To enjoy these tasty flavors learn how to peel garlic in 2,5,10,15,20,30 seconds! It just depends on how hard you shake it. 

 For further reference at http://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-roast-garlic-in-the-oven-cooking-lessons-from-the-kitchn-5341

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