How does Black Garlic compare to regular Garlic?
Generally speaking, rarely you would bite into a regular Garlic clove as a snack. If you do, your public outings should wait for a while. We all know regular Garlic can have a very strong overpowering garlic flavor and some degree of heat or spiciness as well. Garlic has it’s known uses, whether raw, cooked or dried, it is one of the most used flavor enhancer in the world. The culinary world would not be the same without The Stinking Rose.
Black Garlic has all the culinary features of Garlic, plus some added bonuses. It is ready to be snacked on. The pungent Garlic flavor is subdued to the point that it takes several cloves eaten raw to give a person garlic breath. The pungent garlic flavor is replaced by sweet tangy smoky undertones, some say balsamiky, some say molasses and chocolate notes. Just a total new flavor profile. There is seldom heat or spiciness with Black Garlic.
So what are the general guidelines when cooking with Black Garlic?
It likes to shine – The flavor of Black Garlic is most dominant pronounced when added in neutrally flavored foods such as mayonnaise, cream cheese, butter, cream based sauces, etc. Simply slice a few cloves or spread the purée on bread or crackers with cream cheese. Slice a few cloves and toss on pizza or add to a stir fry. Black Garlic adds that surprise taste when you bite into it. To keep it’s deep earthy flavor, it is best added at the end of any simmered dishes recipe.
It likes a little siesta – Black Garlic will give the most pronounced flavor in recipes when the food is made ahead of time. Let your salad dressing stand for a few hours for a deeper taste. Sauces, stews, soups are best the following day.
It likes the Acid – Black Garlic pairs very well with all types of Acid. Add it chopped or purée to balsamic vinegar and oil for a delicious salad dressing. A favorite among Chefs is Black Garlic Aioli. It makes a great dipping sauce.
It’s the fixer upper- We have all cooked dishes that just tasted like they were missing something and no matter what is tossed into the concoction the flavor just seems dull. From appetizers to desserts and everywhere in between, Black Garlic will add that Missing Touch.
It tangos with sweet!- Black Garlic loves pairing with sweet. Add Black Garlic Paste and Maple Syrup to your favorite sauce recipe for a deep dark color and new flavor profile. Chopped in muffins, in bread, in cakes.