Garlic and Olive Oil. The basis of a Mediterranean diet.
When combined, these two pantry staples make a luxurious, flavorful condiment that is pretty wicked.
As long as I can remember, my father grew the BEST garlic. Every year my mother would peel baskets full of fresh heads of garlic and freeze them for easy use while cooking for the rest of the year. She would often fill a mason jar with the fresh peeled cloves and olive oil so that I wouldn’t have to buy sub-par, bland garlic.
When I was at Naturopathic College, I fell in love with shawarma. Roasted meat, pickled veggies… and the heavenly sauces. Nothing better at the end of a long day. It always seemed so complicated to make so I never really tried until a few years ago. My first trial? The addictive white garlicky sauce call toum… or as I call it “Crack Sauce”. It is seriously my favorite sauce to put on almost anything.
This is by far the easiest and most authentic recipe I’ve tried and it’s packed with heart-healthy olive oil and garlic.
- Immersion blender
- 3-5 large local garlic cloves (or 6-8 if using grocery store bought), peeled and chopped
- 1 Tsp of salt
- 1 egg white
- 1 Tbsp of water
- 1 Tbsp of lemon juice
- 1 cup (250 mL) of light tasting olive oil (it will be lighter in color and flavour than extra virgin olive oil)
Here’s what you do:
- Place chopped garlic and salt in clean wide mouth mason jar or canister. Blend together with stick blender until chopped.
- Remove blender, add remaining ingredients and let settle for a minute.
- Put the immersion blender back in the canister or jar, right to the bottom and turn on. The mixture should quickly emulsify (blend together in a thick white mass). When mostly emulsified, slowly start lifting the blender until all the mixture is combined. The result will be a light, fluffy white sauce that almost forms large curds.
This sauce works beautifully with roasted meat and veggies or fish. Store in a sealed contained in the fridge for up to two weeks.
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