Thursday, February 17, 2011

Garlic, je t'aime

All this St Valentine talk reminds me of the first time I met my future father-in-law. Future priest and I were dating seriously (basically engaged except he hadn't met my family yet), and we went to visit his parents. My future mother-in-law served a delicious meal, as usual. After the soup, she served pork loin, mashed potatoes and more veggies. A delicious-smelling garlic sauce was in a bowl at the middle of the table. My boyfriend (funny to call him that) took a large spoonful of the sauce. I felt the table rattle and he had to stifle an 'OUCH'- my future father-in-law had kicked my boyfriend under the table. He assumed I wouldn't be kissing his son if his son ate garlic. We laughed, and I took a big spoonful of the sauce, too. It has been a staple on our menu ever since and required whenever we eat pork. My girls put it on their mashed potatoes...here's the recipe- it is very simple, but please use fresh garlic- nothing pre-minced!

Classic Garlic Sauce 
Crush 1 large head of garlic and place in either wooden or ceramic bowl. Cover with 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Sprinkle half a teaspoon of salt and one teaspoon of mild paprika over garlic mixture. Mash with a wooden pestle or plastic spoon (metal might react). Add 2 tablespoons of water or white wine. Blend.

Garlic Sauce with Sour Cream
Crush 1 large head of garlic and place in either wooden or ceramic bowl. Sprinkle half a teaspoon of salt and one teaspoon of freshly minced parsley over garlic mixture. Mash with a wooden pestle or plastic spoon. Add 3 or 4 spoons of sour cream and blend.

12 comments:

  1. What a cute memory to have. I love garlic, but my hubby can always tell when I've had it and it's certainly not his favorite. The sauce sounds delicious though!

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  2. YUM. Totally making this tonight!

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  3. My honey loves garlic, so this is going on my to-make list!

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  4. OH, that sounds good. Do you use Hungarian Paprika?

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  5. Elizabeth- of course! Try it with mild first- then if you want even more kick try a hotter paprika

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  6. I love and adore garlic. Almost inordinately. I could brown fresh chopped garlic and onion in a little bit of butter with a tbsp or so of white wine and eat it plain, instead of using it as a base. Thankfully my beau is Brazilian and grew up eating garlic almost as much as I did. This sauce is going in my file!! Can't wait to try it once the dorm kitchen is free!

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  7. What a great story. We're a pretty big garlic family so this goes on my list for sure. Thanks for sharing your memory as well as this recipe. And thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a comment. I love using recipes (like this one). It introduces me to all kinds of new things.

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  8. We had this tonight. So yummy! I highly recommend it.

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  9. That sounds like something my Dad would have done. ha ha

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  10. Sweet story and since I love garlic I'll have to try it. Kissing someone with garlic breath has never really bothered me.

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