Classic vampire lore suggests that these creatures of the night hate something that we at Cooking Light really love: garlic. These garlic-packed recipes highlight one of our favorite ingredients, while keeping you safe against any undead who lurk nearby. 

Whether it's roasted until sweet, blended in raw for a pungent bite, or cooked into a dish for a full-flavor infusion, we love throwing at least a clove or two of garlic in many dishes. These recipes feature it in a plethora of ways, all of which are delicious and will keep Dracula away for at least one more day.

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Creamy and mild, mac and cheese is the perfect vehicle for some flavor-packing garlic. Try our Roasted Garlic Mac and Cheese, which features microwave "roasted" garlic to speed up dinner.

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Although it might seem a bit excessive, once you take a bite of Slow Cooker Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic, you'll understand why so many cloves are necessary in this super easy (and moist) dish. 

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Infusing olive oil with fresh garlic gives you the ultimate garnish for Silky Tomato Soup with White Beans and Garlic Oil. To add flavor to this creamy and comforting soup, drizzle the rich oil drizzle on top just before you serve.

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The perfect finger food, Garlic Pull-Apart Breads make it easy for each individual at the dinner table to enjoy their own crispy, cheesy roll. 

Named with a purpose, this Vampire Steak recipe draws on robust garlic flavor to amp up the meal while marinating the steak to tender perfection.