Garlicky Recipes You’re Sure To Love + Garlic Tips You Need

Who doesn't love the smell of cooking garlic?

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Garlic is one key ingredient that makes simple recipes amazing. It's part of the holy trinity of Filipino cooking together with onions and tomatoes. As part of the first foundation of flavor in many dishes, it's undeniable what a big impact garlic makes. It's way more than just a supporting ingredient, though. It can be the star, the aromatic flavor that brings together a dish.

Here are some recipes that you should try:

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1 Chili-Garlic Shrimp Recipe

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Shrimp is an ingredient that's delicious in itself. All it needs are a few accompaniments to bring out more of its delicious flavor. A simple combination of generous garlic (this recipe uses one whole head!) for fragrance and chili for a little heat brings out the best in your plump shrimp.

Garlic Tip #1: Peel garlic the smart way! For some home cooks, the thought of peeling garlic alone can deter you from the kitchen. Check out this garlic peeling hack which will spare you from the chore. 

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2 Buttery Garlic Bread Recipe

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Every bite of this simple recipe explodes with garlicky, buttery, and herby goodness. Make it ahead of time, store in your refrigerator, and you can have a slice of heaven to go with your pasta any time. 

Garlic Tip #2: Prepare garlic in bulk. Shave off a few minutes of prepping from the rest of the week by prepping garlic in bulk on weekends. You can peel your garlic and use this gadget to mince so you'll get the job done quick! 

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3 40-Clove Garlic Chicken Recipe

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You read that right! If you love garlic, this recipe was meant just for you. You get juicy, flavorful chicken and lots of extremely delicious bites of soft garlic cloves. You don't exactly need 40 cloves to get that intensely garlic flavor, but you know what? Who says you need to limit yourself to 40 anyway?

Garlic Tip #3: Learn to make garlic paste. You can use garlic paste for garlic mayonnaise, soups, or as part of your marinade. Sure, you can puree it with a blender but you'll need more than just a clove to get those blades to do the job. Instead, you can easily do it with a chopping board, some salt, and your trusty knife. You can click here to see it getting done. 

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4 Baked Garlic Chicken Recipe

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As this chicken cooks in a sealed foil packet, the scent of garlic will envelop it and pierce through it. This is one fragrant, juicy chicken recipe you wouldn't want to miss.

Garlic Tip #4: Don't burn your garlic! If you're sautéing garlic, it's best to add it to cold oil to avoid burning it. Don't wait for it to turn into a rich golden brown before adding the rest of your ingredients as well, as the garlic will continue cooking and might burn towards the end.

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5 Garlic Shrimp Pasta Recipe

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Both garlic and shrimp have this innate, subtle, and natural sweetness in them that makes combining these two ingredients such a delicious food pairing! Try it with this 20-minute recipe and you'll see what we mean.

Garlic Tip #5: You can buy minced garlic in jars. Save time and effort when you buy minced garlic in jars. You can usually find it at the Asian condiments aisle at your groceries.

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6 Garlicky Buttered Chicken Recipe

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Chicken are garlic are a match made in heaven.

Garlic Tip #6: Have you tried roasting garlic? When you're roasting vegetables or chicken, make sure you've got several cloves on the side. When roasted, garlic becomes sweeter and takes on this velvety texture. You also get the same thing when you're braising adobo!

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7 Garlic Pasta with Spanish Sardines Recipe

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This pasta recipe comes together in just 15 minutes! That's thanks to ready-to-eat sardines which we think you should always have in your pantry.

Garlic tip #7: Do you know about garlic's magical compound? Allicin is produced whenever you chop or crush your garlic. It has tons of health benefits you can check out here. If you're planning to chop up garlic, it might be a good idea to crush it first, to encourage allicin production.

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8 Liempo with Garlic Honey Marinade Recipe

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Pork belly, with all its delicious melt-in-your-mouth fat, absorbs all the goodness of the sweet, umami-packed, and fragrant garlic honey marinade.

Garlic Tip #8: Learn the art of crushing your garlic. Crushing garlic is different from both chopping and mincing. You can crush unpeeled cloves and it will make it easier to peel the garlic manually. In Italian home cooking, garlic is also often crushed and not minced. It's also much easier to do! All you have to do is lay a garlic clove on its flat side, place your knife's blade flat on the surface, with the sharp side facing away from you, and press down with the heel of your palm. Easy crushed garlic! 

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9 Pork Adobo Paksiw Recipe

No adobo is an adobo without loads of garlic!

Garlic tip #9: What's that green center in your garlic? That means that your garlic is old enough to start sprouting into a plant. You can still use these cloves, but it might be a good idea to remove the green parts which can taste bitter.

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10 Sweet and Spicy Spareribs Recipe

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This incredibly saucy and tender spareribs packs so much flavor, thanks to tons of garlic.

Garlic Tip #10: Get rid of stinky garlicky fingers. You can remove those stinky garlic scents by using salt and baking soda as a scrub, then washing off with water. Toothpaste or mouthwash will also not just work for your mouth, but also on your digits. A quick squeeze of lemon also does the trick. The most surprising (and easy) trick that works surprisingly well, though, is to rub your fingers on something made with stainless steel while washing your hands! 

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11 Lumpiang Sariwa Recipe

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This lumpiang sariwa recipe is topped with raw garlic, giving it a strong, spicy kick like no other. You might not be used to eating garlic raw, but trust us, once you try it with this recipe, you'll understand.

Garlic Tip #11: You can eat garlic raw. Garlic is an incredibly spicy ingredient especially when raw, and we often forget as it's mixed in cooked dishes. When raw, its prickly, sharp heat and strong flavor can give your dishes a kick of heat that's different from that of chili peppers.

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If there's one thing you should learn from this list, let this be it: never run out of garlic! Garlic is one strong, unique, and delicious ingredient that just doesn't have a substitute. Keep it in stock to instantly add a wonderful flavor to your dish. 

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