Friday, July 26, 2019

Roasted Garlic Spread with a little "Extra Something".

I have a family that loves, loves, loves garlic.  The smell of garlic awakens our taste buds and opens our appetites.    But we've found if we add a little extra something to garlic, the flavor becomes even more spectacular.  In this case, we are preparing roasted garlic with Joe and Son's Basil Olive Oil.

The larger the pieces of garlic, the less pungent the taste.  Whole roasted cloves are still very aromatic, but impart a sweet, buttery taste.... as you'll find in this spread.

This garlic spread smeared on a crusty slice of bread or crackers is a simple and easy way to enjoy it.  Toss it with some roasted potatoes.  It  could also be used on chicken, fish or steak before grilling.  Once you make this spread you'll want to use it on almost everything you prepare.

Look at this picture.  Isn't your mouth watering already?


4 large heads of garlic
1/4 cup of Joe and Son's Basil Olive Oil

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Remove much of the papery outer layers from each garlic head.
Trim off the the top of each head to expose the garlic cloves.

Leaving the head of the garlic intact, place the bulbs, head size down,in a roasting pan lines with foil. Drizzle  the Basil Olive Oil evenly over the garlic bulbs and cover the pan tightly with foil.

Roast for about 40 minutes or until the centers are soft when pierced with a fork.

Let the garlic cool and then press on each clove so it comes out of the paper.

Spread on bread, crackers or any meats you are preparing.

Stored in the refrigerator, it will stay fresh for 2 weeks.

Monday, March 4, 2019

Strawberry Corn Salsa

It's strawberry season  and there are many ways to use strawberries other than desserts.  This salsa is great for scooping up with chips or as a side to fajitas or  roasted chicken.  It's pretty much spoil  proof so serving it at an outdoor event won't be a problem.

I love that it tastes good, it is simple to prepare and the colors add to eye appeal.

Strawberry Corn Salsa

2 cups fresh strawberries, chopped
2 cups grape tomatoes, chopped
1 pkg. (10 oz) frozen corn, thawed
2 green onions, chopped
3 Tblsp. minced fresh cilantro
½ cup green bell pepper, finely diced
1/3 cup Joe and Son’s Chipotle Olive Oil
3 Tbsp. Joe and Son’s Strawberry Balsamic Vinegar
2 Tbsp. lime juice
½ tsp. salt
Crumpled Feta Cheese, optional

Tortilla chips

In a large bowl, combine the first 6 ingredients.
In a small bowl, whisk together the oil, vinegar, lime juice and salt.
Drizzle the dressing over the strawberry mixture and toss to coat.

Sprinkle with crumbled Feta Cheese, if  desired
Refrigerate for 1 hour.
Serve with Tortilla chips.