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Notes

If using more than 1 bulb (head) of garlic, place the bulbs in a glass baking dish and cover with tin foil. Bake for the same amount of time.

Ingredients

  • 1 (or more) head of garlic with top 1/4 cut off
  • generous drizzle extra-virgin olive oil

Directions

Cut 1⁄4 inch off the top of a whole blub (head). Place the bulb on foil, drizzle with olive oil, and wrap tightly. Bake at 400 degrees for 45 minutes until tender. Squeeze the garlic "paste" out, and use in your favorite way.

Nutritional Facts

Servings4

Calories Per Serving20

Folate equivalent (total)0.4µg0.1%


Garlic Butter Steak Bites

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These seared Garlic Butter Steak Bites pack so much flavor and are so easy to throw together! The best part? They’re ready in 15 minutes!


Start Cooking

Make the skirt steak

Preheat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Soak skirt steak in water for 10 minutes (to rinse off the excess salt).

While skirt steak is soaking, place potatoes in a small saucepan. Cover with water and bring to a boil. Boil for three to five minutes, drain, and place on one end of a baking sheet.

Slice skirt steak into four-inch (10-centimeter) pieces and lay next to the potatoes. Next, place broccoli in a single layer next to the steaks. Drizzle the steaks, potatoes, and broccoli with olive oil, kosher salt, and pepper. Toss veggies to coat evenly. Cover and bake for 20 minutes

Mix dressing ingredients together and set aside.

Remove baking sheet from oven. Smear garlic-mayo dressing over steak, potatoes, and broccoli.

Raise oven temperature to broil and broil uncovered for five minutes.

Credits

Food and prop styling by Renee Muller
Photography by Moishe Wulliger


How to make Easy Garlic Knots Recipe?

These garlic knots come together in 4 easy steps.

Step 1: Activate the yeast –

1. In a small bowl, combine yeast and sugar in 1/4 cup lukewarm water.

2. Mix to combine. Let it sit for 5 minutes.

3. Soon, it will look creamy and frothy. easy garlic knots recipe

4. In another 3-4 minutes, it will bloom and become all frothy and bubbly.

This proofing procedure shows that yeast is alive and active. If by now your yeast has not become frothy, please discard and start over.

Step 2- Prepare the Garlic knots dough

1. Add flour to a large mixing bowl.

2. Add salt and baking powder. Mix it well.

3. Pour in the yeast mixture.

4. Add olive oil. easy garlic knots recipe

5. Pour in the remaining 3/4 cup water. Add in a tablespoon more if needed. easy garlic knots recipe

6. Mix all the ingredients for 3-5 minutes.

7. Until it forms a soft, pliable dough.

Step 3- Proofing (proving) the dough in the Instant Pot

1. Grease the Instant Pot insert.

2. Transfer the dough to the Instant Pot.

3. Cover it with a glass lid.

4. Turn the Instant pot on by pressing the ‘Yogurt’ button. Adjust the pressure to ‘Less.’ Set the timer to 30 minutes.

5. After 30 minutes, the dough will expand and double in size.

Proof the dough without the Instant Pot

1. Grease a bowl. Transfer the dough to the bowl.

2. Cover the dough. easy garlic knots recipe

3. Let the dough rise in a fairly warm place undisturbed for 2 hours. The ideal setting would be a warm oven.

4. After the resting time, the dough will double in size.

Knead and shape the dough

1. Dust the surface with flour and transfer the kneaded dough onto the dusted surface.

2. Punch down the dough and knead it for 2-3 minutes.

3. Preheat oven @ 375 degrees F. While the oven is heating, flatten the dough.

4. Cut the flattened dough into long strips.

5. Roll the dough strips like logs. If the dough feels sticky, dust it with extra flour, and let’s make some garlic knots.

6. Take a dough log.

7. Fold and make it look like a horseshoe.

8. We will work with the dough’s right end – Take the right end of the dough and lap it over the left end.

9. It will form a loop. Now pass the right end of the dough through it.

10. Make a loose knot.

11. Tighten it to form the knot. easy garlic knots recipe

12. You will still have dough left at both ends.

13. Take one end of the dough, wrap it over the knot, and into the hole (where you see my finger). Gently press it down.

14. Repeat the same with the right end -wrap it over the knot and into the hole.

15. Press and secure both ends. Your garlic knots are ready. Repeat the process with the rest of the dough.

Grease a baking tray. easy garlic knots recipe

Spread the garlic knots on the tray.

Brush each knot with garlic butter spread.

Bake the garlic knots for 12-15 minutes in a preheated oven (@375 degree F).

Once baked, remove from the oven. Brush with some more butter and serve hot.


Recipe Summary

  • 2 cups butter, softened
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon celery salt
  • 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 loaves Italian bread

Whip the butter, olive oil, celery salt, poultry seasoning, cumin, onion powder, and garlic powder together until light and fluffy. Cover refrigerate at least 4 hours. Allow the mixture to return to room temperature before using.

Preheat the oven's broiler and set the oven rack about 6 inches from the heat source.

Open the loaves of Italian bread with your fingers (do not use a knife) by pulling edges and ripping the bread into two equal portions (top and bottom). Spread the garlic butter evenly over the torn sides of the bread and place buttered-side-up onto a baking sheet.

Broil in the preheated oven until golden brown and crunchy on top, 4 to 5 minutes. Serve hot.


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  • 2 bulbs garlic, unpeeled with the tops sliced off
  • 40g/1½oz butter
  • 80ml/3fl oz extra-virgin olive oil
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 squidge of honey
  • 2 fresh rosemary sprigs
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 200-250g/7-9oz camembert, plastic wrapping and lid removed but still in its wooden box, at room temperature
  • 1 baguette, ripped into 10cm/4in pieces and sliced horizontally

Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6.

Place the garlic cut-side down in a large roasting tin. Add the butter, oil, a pinch of salt, a couple of twists of black pepper, the honey, rosemary and bay leaves and bake in the oven for 40–45 minutes. After 30–35 minutes put a large cross in the top of the camembert and add it to the oven. Add the baguette to warm it up too.

Once the garlic is soft, the bread is extra crunchy and the cheese is all soft and gooey, remove from the oven.

Serve everything on a big sharing plate. Break off a piece of crusty bread, squeeze out the tender flesh of the garlic along with a healthy dose of cheese and smear it liberally over the bread.


Looking for a roasted garlic shortcut?

I love a good shortcut, but you’re honestly better off roasting the whole head. I tried roasting individual cloves, and they’re more finicky since they vary in size and need to be stirred often. It seems that the head of garlic provides an ideal roasting environment.

If you want to try the shortcut, the same rules apply. Cut the cloves open on one end to allow room for expansion (but leave the rest of the skin intact), toss them in oil and roast them inside a saucepan or something similar. Using oven mitts, carefully shake the pan every ten minutes to cook the cloves evenly. They’re done after 20 to 40 minutes in the oven. Small cloves will finish faster, so you may need to remove those from the pan sooner than the rest.


Steakhouse Garlic Butter

A juicy steak with just salt and pepper is delicious and satisfying on its own, but when topped with a dollop of garlic butter, it becomes a rich and unctuous affair, which is why many steakhouses offer a savory pat of butter atop their sizzling cuts of meat. Also known as compound butter, flavored butter is a great enhancer of a good quality cut it doesn't mask the true nature of the steak, it just makes it better. For our recipe, the garlic-infused butter will slowly melt over your steak, the natural flavors will be enriched, and you'll be in for a beautiful and filling meal.

The recipe for compound butter is straightforward: the base is just good quality butter, to which you can add your favorite flavor profiles. No need for pricey ingredients, but do go for a high-fat butter, and always choose unsalted when you're making compound butter. Just make sure the butter is soft before mixing with the other ingredients.

This flavored butter is perfect for steak, but also chops, chicken, and even seafood recipes. Garlic butter can be made well in advance and will keep in the fridge or freezer.


Can I Use Any Herbs I Like?

Of course! Use the fresh herbs you have growing in the garden, or what you love best. Just chop, mix, and measure out 2 tablespoons.

I always use parsley and thyme, then sometimes add in rosemary and/or basil.

If using dried herbs, reduce to 2 teaspoons.

Can I Make Gluten-Free and/or Dairy-Free Garlic Bread

Sure! Look for a large uncut loaf of gluten-free bread.

Then use vegan butter spread in place of regular butter. You can substitute shredded vegan cheese or omit it.

Can I Prep Garlic Bread Ahead And Bake It Later?

Absolutely! You can prep, wrap well, and refrigerate the bread for up to a week. then bake when ready to use.

Can I Freeze Garlic Bread?

Yes. After prepping the bread, wrap it well before freezing. Then unwrap and bake for 10-12 minutes.

How Long Does Garlic Bread Last?

In my house, less than one hour.

However, if you do happen to have leftover pieces, you can wrap and refrigerate them for 3-5 days. Then rewarm in the oven.