As I strolled the aisles of my international food store the other day, I saw jars of marinated garlic. Inspiration struck! Here are the two versions I came up with… Herb & Spice Marinated Garlic and Japanese-style Soy-Miso Marinated Garlic. Enjoy!
Herb & Spice Marinated Garlic
1 garlic bulb, cloves separated and peeled
1/2 cup olive oil
1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
1/2 teaspoon onion seeds
1/2 teaspoon black peppercorns
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
Combine all ingredients in a small jar and cover with a tight-fitting lid. Store the jar in the fridge.
Allow the garlic to marinate for up to 7 days. Both the garlic and the olive oil may be used in your cooking. Mmm, I can’t wait to use some for garlic bread!
Soy-Miso Marinated Garlic
Stir the soy sauce into the miso paste, breaking the miso apart as you stir. Stir the sugar into the soy sauce mixture. Add in the peeled garlic cloves and the oil. Heat the mixture in a small pot on the stove over medium heat. Bring just to a simmer. Simmer for 5 minutes. Allow to cool slightly, and carefully pour mixture in a small jar with a tight-fitting lid. Store the jar in the fridge for 2 weeks before using.
Soy-Miso Garlic can be used as a simple condiment as it is, or, puree in a small food processor and use as a spread over chicken, fish, or bread. Stir a spoonful into some rice, or into Thai peanut sauce.