We also love garlic here at Cooking Light for its ability to both add lots of flavor to dishes for minimal calories and its heart-healthy compounds, but I love it for the sharp slap of flavor it lends to nearly any savory dish: If a recipe calls for 1 clove, I add 3. If it doesn’t call for garlic at all, and it makes sense (unless we’re talking about something like apple pie, of course, though now you mention it…) I’m throwing it in there. My travel bucket list includes a visit to the infamous Gilroy Garlic Festival in California, perhaps paired with a meal at The Stinking Rose restaurant in San Francisco. These are my kind of people. Some of you might dream of a margarita-soaked vacation, but mine is more garlic-scented (okay, and also margarita-soaked).
What’s your favorite recipe that celebrates garlic? We have a few garlic-centric sides I’m partial to, like Roasted Garlic and Butternut Squash Cassoulet or New Potatoes with Roasted Garlic Vinaigrette, but it’s pretty hard to beat Ina Garten’s Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic. Put them all together, and you’ve got the perfect plate to celebrate National Garlic Day.