Gifts From the Kitchen, Garlic Oil with Thyme
Has it rained alot where you live? It has poured rain here almost everyday for months. Now, I’m not complaining because I’ll take rain over a drought any day, but our garden is really confused. We know nothing about gardening anyway, so we don’t need any extra challenges. So far this year we have harvested one jalapeno~
That perfect green specimen in the center. It’s all about quality, not quantity, right?
This is our okra. Yep, we harvested one perfect okra. HHjr immediately fried it up! We each got 2 pieces. It was quite thrilling~ HHjr said, “I think we’re supposed to get more than one at a time…” Ha! He’s so funny.
Our herbs have been growing like gangbusters, whatever that means, so I decided to be all Martha Stewart like and make some thyme infused garlic oil.
This is actually no effort at all and it smells amazing~
the hardest part is slicing the garlic cloves, then you toss them into a saucepan with the fresh thyme and let it all slowly simmer in the olive oil
That’s it! Strain it into a cute little bottle…
and what a lovely little gift you have created!
I got the recipe from Ina Garten, she is one of my favorites, she’s more down to earth than Martha, and her recipes are always mouth-watering. I’ve never made anything of hers that I didn’t love~
Like this Mushroom Lasagna
Layers of delicate pasta, mushrooms and bechamel sauce~swoooooon. For the recipe and more info click here
We are ever hopeful though, the sun came out finally over the weekend and look what we found! Roma tomatoes! Aren’t they just so pretty?! And look how many there are! A bountiful crop! We’re farmers! Living off the land!
Use the garlic oil as you would olive oil if you want to add another layer of flavor~salad dressing, sauteeing, roasting~
I used it on these roasted vegetables the other night
a little pasta
some salami, ham or prosciutto and some Parmesan cheese and dinner was ready~
Here’s the recipe for the garlic oil
GARLIC OIL with THYME for a printable version click here
1 cup extra virgin olive oil
5 garlic cloves
8 stems of fresh thyme
dash red pepper
small bottle or decanter
Slice garlic cloves and put in a small sauce pan with oil and thyme and pepper. Turn burner on to low. Let simmer until it comes to a boil, about 20 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside to cool. strain garlic and thyme from oil and pour into a clean bottle with a cork or cap. Makes 1 cup
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