Garlic adds depth and flavour to almost anything. From Italian to Chinese cooking, it's one ingredient that seems to be popular around the world, appearing in everything from meat marinades to dips, curries and pasta dishes.
We’ve rounded up some of our most garlicky recipes that put the tasty bulb at centre stage. Just remember to invest in some chewing gum for afterwards…
How to cook and eat garlic
Raw garlic has a strong, pungent taste that works particularly well with acidic fruits and vegetables, like fresh tomatoes and lemon. Add a little crushed garlic to a citrus dressing, for a punchy, flavourful salad.
Frying garlic will tone down the flavour a little – crush or finely chop a clove or two before adding to your pan at a low to medium heat, if you want the flavour to run through the dish without overpowering more delicate ingredients.
Roasting whole garlic cloves gives them a creamy texture and sweet, mellow nuttiness. Keep them in their skins to stop the outer flesh from burning and turning bitter.
If you love garlic but can't be bothered with the peeling, dicing or crushing, try using the ready-prepared stuff instead – you can find it in a jar, or even chopped and frozen. All the flavour, without the garlicky fingers! Finally, a splash of garlic-infused olive oil is perfect for adding a hint of flavour (try drizzling over ciabatta before toasting, to make bruschetta).
miguel barclay's garlic mushroom pappardelle
Garlic and mushrooms – truly a match made in heaven. This pasta sauce couldn't be much simpler: mushrooms, olive oil, garlic and parsley, topped off with a generous handful of parmesan. Bliss.
garlic and parmesan potato wedges
Seasoned with finely chopped garlic, curly parsley, olive oil and parmesan shavings, these wedges are delicious served on their own as a snack, or alongside a juicy burger. Simply roast them in the oven, until they're crispy on the outside and super-soft in the middle.
cauliflower hot buffalo 'wings' with a garlic mayo dip
What's a plate of wings without a creamy, tangy dip on the side? Made from cauliflower, these hot, crispy 'wings' are the perfect appetiser, served with a ramekin of garlicky mayo.
chicken and mushroom bake
For a deliciously garlicky take on this chicken and mushroom bake, try substituting plain baguette for – you guessed it – garlic bread. A dish that is guaranteed to become a fast family favourite.
Artichoke & garlic soup
This super creamy homemade soup inspired by traditional French cookery is laden with two whole bulbs of roasted garlic, adding a lovely nutty flavour that compliments the sweet artichokes.
Tuscan basil & garlic panzanella
This traditional bread salad from central Italy packs a garlicky punch. Fresh tomatoes, basil and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar balance the fragrant garlic with their fruity flavours, while crunchy sourdough and finely sliced fennel add texture and crunch.
Roasted, fried and raw garlic all hum together harmoniously in this surprisingly light pasta dish. It might sound like garlic overload, but cherry tomatoes and white wine offer an acidity that balances the fragrant garlic to bring together these south Italian flavours.
Thai red salmon curry
Although most red Thai curry pastes already contain minced garlic, we’ve added an extra clove to our rich and flavourful salmon red Thai curry because we simply can't get enough! The new potatoes soak up all the aromatics of the garlic and curry paste while the salmon poaches in the coconut milk, releasing its flavours and adding depth to the silky sauce.
You can’t go wrong with a bit of ooey-gooey melted cheese. This baked, garlic-studded Camembert recipe makes a delicious and super simple starter with major wow-factor.
Need something to dunk into your puddle of melted Camembert? Why not double up on garlic with these simple homemade garlic and rosemary breadsticks. The trick is to use ready-made pizza dough — all of the great smells of home-baking wafting from the oven with minimal effort on your part. Genius!
Scallops with ginger & garlic
Garlic and ginger are a match made in heaven in Asian cookery. These melt-in-the-mouth scallops in a zingy ginger, garlic and honey sauce make a light, springtime starter or lunch you can have on the table in 15 minutes.
Garlic & thyme nut brittle
Not just for savoury recipes, fresh garlic adds a subtle fragrance to this fascinating sweet treat. Bundle the shards up in a box for the perfect homemade gift for the adventurous foodie in your life.