Vampire-Proof Dishes

Instead of wearing a garland of garlic around your neck to repel vampires, we suggest preparing one of these tasty garlic dishes.

  • Pancetta-wrapped Garlic

    Pancetta-wrapped Garlic

    Boiling garlic, much like roasting, is a great way to get the cloves tender and the flavor mellow. Wrap each clove in a strip of pancetta, and you've got a tasty little appetizer.
  • Roasted Garlic Mac and Cheese
    Photo: Brian Woodcock; Styling: Claire Spollen  

    Roasted Garlic Mac and Cheese

    Amp up the flavor of a comfort food classic with quick microwave-roasted garlic.
  • Ash-Roasted Garlic
    Photo: Thomas J. Story

    Ash-Roasted Garlic

    You can use the last heat of a wood or charcoal fire to efficiently roast garlic (or in an oven, roast the garlic at 400° for 1 hour). Use ash-roasted garlic in vinaigrettes, marinades, spread under the skin of chicken or grilled steak.
  • Roasted Garlic Toasts with Olio Nuovo
    Photo: Annabelle Breakey; Styling: Karen Shinto

    Roasted Garlic Toasts with Olio Nuovo

    Although you can use regular extra-virgin olive oil in this recipe, olio nuovo works better. It's pungent enough to stand up to the roasted garlic's strong flavor.
  • Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic

    Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic

    The flavor of the garlic mellows as it roasts and becomes soft enough to spread on the bread that's served alongside the chicken.
  • Roasted Garlic and Chive Dip

    Roasted Garlic and Chive Dip

    Serve with sweet mini bell peppers or sliced summer squash. If you can find roasted garlic cloves at the salad bar in your grocery store, sub for raw garlic and skip the 8 minutes of cooking in the skillet.
  • Roasted Garlic and Butternut Squash Cassoulet
    Becky Luigart-Stayner

    Roasted Garlic and Butternut Squash Cassoulet

    A cassoulet is a classic country French dish made with white beans and sausage or other types of meat. It's covered and cooked slowly to allow time for all the flavors to blend. Instead of sausage, this hearty fall version features cubed butternut squash and pancetta. The garlic is roasted first, and then the pulp is added to the squash mixture before it's baked.
  • Goat Cheese, Roasted Garlic,and Tomato Croutes
    Becky Luigart-Stayner; Lydia DeGaris-Pursell

    Goat Cheese, Roasted Garlic,and Tomato Croutes

    Roasting the garlic and the tomatoes is the key to flavor in these savory appetizers. After the garlic is roasted, you combine the pulp with the goat cheese, spread it on the toasted baguette slices, and top with tomato wedges.
  • Mashed Potatoes with Roasted Garlic Butter
    Photo: Karry Hosford

    Mashed Potatoes with Roasted Garlic Butter

    The rich garlic flavor of these creamy mashed potatoes comes from a garlic butter that's made with roasted garlic, butter, shallots and fresh rosemary. You can make the garlic butter up to three days ahead and store it in the refrigerator.
  • Roasted Garlic and Shallot Potato Soup with Cheesy Croutons
    Photography: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Jan Gautro

    Roasted Garlic and Shallot Potato Soup with Cheesy Croutons

    Creamy potato soup is more flavorful with the addition of roasted garlic, white wine, onion and fresh thyme. And, for the finishing touch, each serving is topped with a slice of Parmesan-blue cheese toast.
  • Garlic-Stuffed Mushrooms
    Leigh Beisch

    Garlic-Stuffed Mushrooms

    For a simple and delicious appetizer, fill tender mushroom caps with a savory mixture of garlic, whipping cream and breadcrumbs and bake until lightly browned.
  • Spaghettini with Oil and Garlic
    Becky Luigart-Stayner

    Spaghettini with Oil and Garlic

    Leave off the sauce and try this classic Italian dish where you lightly toss the pasta in a simple mixture of garlic, olive oil, parsley and crushed red pepper. Sprinkle with freshly ground Parmesan cheese just before serving.
  • Purée of Roasted Garlic and White Vegetables
    Photography: Karry Hosford

    Purée of Roasted Garlic and White Vegetables

    Replace mashed potatoes with this unique puree of potatoes, celeriac, turnip and roasted garlic. Because the mixture is blended with whipping cream, it's ultra–rich and smooth, and the flavor is bold enough to pair with hearty lamb, beef, pork or wild game entrees.
  • Roasted Garlic Aioli
    Photo: James Baigrie; Styling: Lindsey Beatty

    Roasted Garlic Aioli

    Aioli is a garlic–flavored mayonnaise often used as an accompaniment for meats and vegetables. Here, you make your own mayonnaise with olive oil and eggs and stir in roasted garlic and marinated artichoke hearts. Serve it as a creamy dip for fresh raw veggies.

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