Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Garlic-Infused Olive Oil


Today is the day.  Today is the day.

If you've been reading for a while, you know that I start culinary school today.  I start a new journey in my life - one of many.

I also have a big interview with a local chef today (and if all goes well, by the end of the day, I'll be sharing my good news! - so cross your fingers that it is good news).

My nerves are shot.  My stomach has been full of butterflies all day.  But I know when the hour comes, I'll need to face my nervous fears, and just do it.  I need to be myself.  Be true to what I believe is the right path for me.

So anyway, now that I've gotten that out of the way.  I want to share something so simple, that I can't believe I don't do it all the  time.

Ingredients:


1 head of garlic
1 bay leaf
1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
salt, to taste
1 & 1/2 cups olive oil, plus 1 tablespoon

Preheat oven to 400 F.

Place garlic in a make-shift aluminum foil bowl 

Drizzle 1 tablespoon of olive over garlic head and sprinkle with a good pinch of salt and pepper.

Roast for about 45 minutes, or until nice and golden brown.

Let cool until safe enough to handle.

Squeeze the garlic cloves out of their skins and add to olive oil.  Throw in a bay leaf and some freshly ground pepper.  Swirl to mix liquid and let sit for about 30 minutes before using.

This was gone in no time.  We used it to dip freshly made bread which was delicious, but it can also be used to add a little oomph of flavor to every day cooking.  Keep in the fridge for no more than 1 week (if it even lasts that long!).


Happy Tuesday guys!  May all your dreams come true - we're definitely working on ours!

31 comments:

  1. Congratulaions...I'm so excited for you!

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  2. Good, good, good luck Peggy! I'm thinking about you today...can't wait to hear about it!

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  3. Sending good wished for everything to be perfect for you today! Keep us posted. Really love the idea og making roasted garlic olive oil.
    Rita

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  4. Oh what a great recipe! I've never made my own infused olive oil before, this sounds amazing! :)

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  5. Best of luck!!! So exciting. You're right - why don't I do this?

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  6. Best of luck with the school :) ♥

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  7. Hi, Peggy!
    Super excited for you today! =] Just be yourself, and go with the flow. Thanks for the garlic infused oil recipe! I've always wanted to try to make my own, and you've made it so simply!!

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  8. Good Luck, Good Luck, Good Luck!!! Sending positive school goes well, we get to hear good news!

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  9. Peggy, I have been dying to make garlic infused oil and I think you might have just boosted my motivation. looks great.
    Laura @ A Healthy Jalapeño

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  10. Best of luck to you Peggy, waiting for the results of your both new venture.

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  11. Good luck!! So exciting that you are culinary school. I can't wait to read and follow along. I love love love garlick-infused olive oil and this method is so easy and delicious! I love that when I make garlic confit the leftover oil is garlic-infused and delicious.

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  12. I’m crossing my fingers for you. Hope you’ll share some good news soon!
    This is a great idea! So simple that I can’t believe I never tried it. I’ve got some rosemary in my yard and I think it would be great for this recipe as well.

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  13. Good luck on your first day!!

    ps this olive oil looks amazing .. bet it smells fantastic too!

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  14. Congrats! And, I've loved using garlic-infused oil ever since I heard about it from Nigella Lawson.

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  15. Hi Peggy. Thanks for stopping by my blog!
    Good luck with your new career! I hope today went well for you. I'm on sabbatical from my usual job at the moment and am thinking of making a permanent move into the world of cooking/nutrition. You have to follow your dreams. I really hope it works out for you xx

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  16. Sure all will go well, you are just so lucky but I hope we will reap some of your learning skills:) Love that recipe Mmmmmmmmmm. Diane

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  17. Good luck today!!! I know it will all go well!!!

    PS...what a delicious oil~

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  18. This looks great...and I'm sure your first day will be (or was!) great!

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  19. Good luck today! Can't wait to hear all about it.

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  20. Good luck today! I love infused olive oil and garlic sounds so yummy!

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  21. I hope your first day went really well! Can't wait to hear about it!! What an exciting time in your life! Oh, and garlic infused olive oil?! You're a gal after my own heart! :)

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  22. I hope your first day was great! Can't wait to read all about your culinary school experiences!

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  23. First off good luck! I believe all your dreams will come true. You have a ton of talent. Can't wait to hear what the news it. Second, this is a lovely recipe. Love infused oils.

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  24. The olive oil looks amazing and I know you'll do GREAT today! I have no doubt that this is the right path for you - you have such...passion for cooking! I can't wait to hear all about today!

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  25. Best of luck Peggy and I bet everything will turn out the way you are hoping.

    A lovely flavored oil, versatile for many uses, dipping sauce esp.

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  26. gorgeous! (both the oil and you)... good luck today! XO!

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  27. Congratulations!!! Good luck at culinary school. I know you will have a fantastic time.

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