Saturday, June 5, 2010

Fast flavor ready to go

You know that yummy, garlic-y, oil they serve with those warm yummy rolls at Bertucci's?  Why not make some at home to kick up the flavor in your mundane meals?
  • Go to Home Goods/Xmas tree shops/TJ Maxx, or whatever you have, buy an oil bottle for about $1, maybe $2 if you're splurging on a pretty painted design.  Bring it home and wash it out. 
  • While the bottle is drying, grate (with a hand held or box grater) about 4 fresh cloves of garlic into a small sauce pan.  Now pour about 1 cup good olive oil into the pan and turn heat on low.  
  • Let the oil come to a very soft, gentle bubble and watch it.  Let it bubble for a few minutes.  Turn off heat.  
  • Add a little sea salt and maybe just a dash of crushed red pepper flakes.  Let oil cool.  
  • Once the oil has cooled, pour it into the new oil bottle (might need to use a funnel, depending on how wide the bottle top is).  Store next to your stove so you can grab it when you need it.  
  • Use it for your marinades, add it to your salad dressing, saute your veggies in it.  Pour some on a plate and dip fresh bread in it.  Mmmmmmmm........Enjoy. 

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