Simply fermented fresh garlic, black garlic is slightly sweet with a hint of licorice and a soft, creamy texture. The new, hot ingredient among chefs, here's how you can use black garlic at home.
Step 1: Use in sauces Use black garlic puree in place of regular garlic puree in sauces or marinades and serve over fish or chicken.
Step 2: Top pasta or pizza Mix crushed black garlic cloves into homemade tomato sauce to top any pasta dish or pizza.
TIP: Crush garlic without a garlic press by whacking it with an unopened soup can or pressing down hard with the back of a wooden spoon.
Step 3: Stuff mushrooms Make stuffed mushrooms with your favorite toppings and tuck one finely sliced, peeled clove of black garlic into each one, and top with grated cheddar and parmesan cheese.
Step 4: Make risotto Make mushroom risotto and add four cloves of finely sliced black garlic to onions and olive oil before adding the rice and cooked mushrooms.
TIP: Free tight cloves in a whole head by using the ball of your hand to press and roll the garlic against your cutting board to loosen.
Step 5: Create creamy dip Create a cream cheese dip by combining one tub cream cheese, one small pot of sour cream, two cloves peeled black garlic finely chopped, and salt and pepper in a food processor and process until smooth. Finish with one half to one tablespoon creamed horseradish and top with snipped chives.
FACT: High in antioxidants and natural cancer-preventing compounds, black garlic has long been used medicinally in Korea and Japan.