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How to Eat & Cook with Black Garlic

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.

You Will Need

  • Black garlic puree
  • Peeled black garlic
  • Chicken or fish
  • Tomato sauce
  • Mushrooms
  • Grated cheddar and parmesan cheese
  • Mushroom risotto
  • 1 tub cream cheese
  • 1 small pot sour cream
  • 1/2 to 1 tbsp creamed horseradish
  • Snipped chives
  • Food processor
  • Wooden spoon or unopened soup can (optional)

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