How can you tell if someone is a real garlic lover? They will order the garlic bread even if they are on a date. They put garlic in just about everything and they always double however much garlic a recipe says to use. You can also tell who is a garlic lover because they’ll be jumping up and down on April 19th for National Garlic Day.
National Garlic Day is celebrated annually, not just as a day to eat all the garlic you want, but to spread awareness about the many uses of garlic, both in and out of the kitchen. Garlic has been used for over seven thousand years as both a culinary ingredient and as a medicinal product. Garlic, which is related to the onion family, is rich in protein, vitamins, and minerals, plus it contains 17 amino acids!
Garlic is also thought to protect us from the evil eye, and of course, vampires. So make sure to put plenty of garlic in your recipes. These 20 recipes will show you that one clove of garlic is never enough.
1. Rosemary and Garlic Roasted Almonds
These Rosemary and Garlic Roasted Almonds are the perfect savory snack! Fresh rosemary and garlic are oven-roasted alongside the almonds, resulting in crunchy herbs that make this snack even harder to resist. Not only are they great snacks when you’re on-the-go, but they’re also perfect to take along to potlucks!
2. Garlic Chutney
Sweet chutneys are great, but this Garlic Chutney is savory and a little spicy. Made with garlic, red chili peppers, and tamarind, this chutney is easy to make but has a strong flavor. It’s the perfect accompaniment for undi or Kokani rice dumplings, and it can also be served as a side for snacks and breakfast recipes. For a simple meal, pair this with steamed rice.
3. Garlic Cashew Cream Cheese
Go buy a dozen bagels because you’re never going to want to stop eating this Garlic Cashew Cream Cheese. It’s creamy, soft, and spreadable, with hints of garlic and rosemary. With just five ingredients, this cream cheese is quick and easy to make. Better make that two dozen bagels – just in case.
4. Ginger Garlic Chickpeas
Chickpeas make everything better and these Ginger Garlic Chickpeas will prove it. Not only are these delicious, but they’re great for you. Fresh ginger and garlic give them spice, tamari adds a bit of salt, and maple syrup brings a bit of sweet. Once you start eating these, it will be hard to stop but they’re good for you so keep munching.
5. Herb and Garlic Almond Cheese
This Herb and Garlic Almond Cheese is a super tasty vegan cheese that you can easily make at home. Just a handful of simple ingredients transform into a delicious plant-based treat. Use it with crackers, on sandwiches or in your favorite dishes for cheesiness with fresh garlic and herb flavor. It’s so good, you will want to just eat it on its own.
6. Fried Olives Stuffed With Garlic
The next time you need to bring an appetizer to a party, skip the dip and bring these Fried Olives Stuffed With Garlic instead. Salty green olives are stuffed with sweet, creamy roasted garlic and then breaded and fried for a crispy, savory snack. Serve them with a side of creamy homemade ranch sauce for dipping.
7. Quick-Rise Garlic Breads
These Quick-Rise Garlic Breads were created by accident when garlic was added to some leftover pizza dough. The result was beyond delicious. This recipe has barely any wait time so it’s perfect for when you’re short on time or don’t want the bother. Top these garlic breads with whatever you like but don’t forget the fresh herbs.
8. Garlic and Thyme Pan-Seared Mushrooms
Mushrooms are so savory, they don’t need a lot of seasoning. These Garlic and Thyme Pan-Seared Mushrooms are the proof of that. Use any type of mushrooms you like – Portobello, Cremini, White Button or Chanterelles — add a bit of chopped garlic, some fresh thyme, salt, pepper and you’re done. Serve these over pasta, rice, mashed potatoes, toast or eat them on their own as a delicious entrée or side dish.
9. Tomato and Garlic Foccacia
Who wouldn’t love homemade bread that’s stuffed with tomatoes and garlic? No one we know so make this Tomato and Garlic Foccacia. Making foccacia is similar to making pizza but without the rolling and flipping. It’s really simple and you can stuff it with whatever ingredients you like. The hardest part of making foccacia is learning to spell it!
10. Roasted Garlic and Fresh Herb Cream Cheez
If you like Boursin cheese, you must make this Roasted Garlic and Fresh Herb Cream Cheez. Made with a whole head of fresh garlic plus lots of fresh herbs, this spread is creamy, garlicky, and irresistible. Smear it on crackers or toasted bagels or use it as a dip for fresh raw veggies. This cashew-based “cheese” might just remind you of herbed Boursin, but it’s dairy-free!
11. Baked Shoestring Fries With Garlic and Thyme
Put a spin on your usual French fries with these Baked Shoestring Fries With Garlic and Thyme. These fries are made with a spiralizer and then baked in the oven to a crispy perfection. They’re full of garlic and thyme, so condiments are strictly optional!
12. Spinach and Garlic Hummus
This healthy Spinach and Garlic Hummus is the perfect spread. It gives you all the nutrition of spinach with a punch of flavor from tahini and freshly chopped garlic. It’s super-easy and a great topping for meals of roasted veggies. Or, if you’re more traditional, serve it as an appetizer with a generous pile of chips and chopped veggies for dipping!
13. Nut-Free Wild Garlic Pesto
Is there anything better slathered on a dairy-free pizza or tossed with noodles than pesto? Nope and this Nut-Free Wild Garlic Pesto is even more wonderful because it’s both nut-free and dairy-free. When wild garlic is in season, gather all you can because you’re going to want to make this pesto all the time.
14. Clean-Eating Zucchini Boats With Creamy Garlic Sauce
These Clean Eating Zucchini Boats With Creamy Garlic Sauce are perfect as an entrée or as a side dish. They’re really simple to make and can be ready in about 30 minutes. You can start preparing the filling and sauce while the zucchini are in the oven and then it only takes a few minutes to assemble them. The cashew-based garlic sauce is so good, you’ll want to slather it on everything.
15. Wild Mushroom and Garlic Scramble
This Wild Mushroom and Garlic Scramble is the perfect Sunday morning brunch. Firm tofu is scrambled with meaty Portobello mushrooms and fresh, wild garlic. A pinch of turmeric adds color as well as a mild flavor that complements the other spices. Serve this hearty scramble on toast with a side of vegan breakfast sausages and maple syrup.
16. Roasted Garlic, Dill and Chive Bean Dip
If you want a spread full of flavor, this Roasted Garlic, Dill and Chive Bean Dip is for you. Chickpeas and white beans are a fantastic neutral-tasting base for roasted garlic, chive, and the distinct taste of dill. This recipe is packed with flavor, and it is a protein powerhouse. This dip is perfect for crusty bread like sourdough or French baguettes.
17. Roasted Garlic Ginger Carrot Soup With a Miso Cashew Cream
This Roasted Garlic Ginger Carrot Soup With a Miso Cashew Cream is spicy and flavorful, with a touch of umami from the miso-cashew cream. The minced ginger and roasted garlic can be adjusted to taste so it’s the perfect amount of sweet and tangy for you. Even in the chilliest weather, this spicy soup will warm you to the bone.
18. Simple Red Pepper Bruschetta With Homemade Roasted Garlic Ricotta
This Simple Red Pepper Bruschetta With Homemade Roasted Garlic Ricotta is about as easy a recipe as it gets, and it’s so versatile. You can season the bruschetta mixture with your favorite spices, and if fresh tomatoes and peppers aren’t available, you can substitute the veggies with whatever you like. It all tastes good on top of toast and with a generous smear of creamy, garlicky homemade cashew ricotta!
19. Garlic Pesto Snails
These Garlic Pesto Snails are super easy to make and awesomely delicious. They are flaky and super garlicky! Make these for any parties or get-togethers as they make the perfect finger food. Make a double batch because these will disappear.
20. Tomato Basil and Garlic Cashew Cream Pasta
This Tomato Basil and Garlic Cashew Cream Pasta may literally be the best pasta sauce you have ever eaten. It’s bursting at the seams with flavor. Garlic, tomato, lemons and basil are a perfect combination. The best part is that it’s so easy. You can make this in less than 30 minutes and people would think you slaved the day away over the stove. Let them.
What do vampires know? Garlic is not only delicious but it’s healthy. So add all the garlic you want to your recipes. Any of these amazing recipes will show you that one clove is never enough.
Lead image source: Quick-Rise Vegan Garlic Breads