Don't spend extra money on pre-made garlic bread at the store! With this easy recipe, you can always have delicious garlic paste to use for homemade garlic bread. Its versatile enough to use for appetizers, salad dressings and more.
Homemade garlic paste is so easy - no wonder stores don't want you to have the secret. But we'll share!
1 cup peeled garlic cloves (about 40) - tip: buy a carton of peeled garlic cloves at Costco or other warehouse stores
1/4 cup olive oil (extra virgin is especially delicious)
1-2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
salt and pepper to taste
Roast the garlic cloves by placing them on a sheet of heavy aluminum foil, formed into a shallow roasting pan. Before roasting, drizzle with olive oil and add some salt and pepper (DO NOT add the vinegar yet)
Bake in a 350 degree oven for 20-25 minutes, until the garlic is soft and turning golden brown (oh yum.... I can practically taste it right now!)
Remove from the pan and let cool.
Scrape the garlic cloves with the remaining olive oil into a blender or food processor, add the balsamic vinegar, and pulse until relatively smooth. Add a bit of oil, salt and pepper if needed.
That's it! You'll have about 1 cup of Homemade garlic paste. It keeps very nicely in the refrigerator for up to a month.
Add your garlic paste to sandwiches or burgers. Put it out with baguette slices for super easy evening treats. Stir it in with chicken or veggie sautes, or in creating your own salad dressings. Spread on crostini, add diced tomatoes and shredded parmasen cheese and broil for 2-3 minutes for a quick appetizer....
Your imagination is the limit!