Garlic Butter

9 Feb

You know what, it desperately frustrates me that buying small amounts of food is often more expensive than buying in bulk! Pat often comes home with big packs of things because ‘it was just 30p more expensive than buying 1‘, which makes a lot of sense, but leaves us with a load of random bits and bobs which need using up before they go off! This time it was a huge bag of garlic bulbs.

The health benefits of garlic have been discussed for centuries. It has been said that garlic carries great cardiovascular benefits; it is apparently good for lowering cholesterol, helping to keep blood pressure under control and reducing the risk of pesky atherosclerotic plaques building up in our arteries which cause blood vessels to narrow, leading to things like angina, heart attack and stroke. Garlic is also a well known anti-bacterial (although I do wonder whether this is simply because if you eat enough of it you smell so bad that no one wants to come near you), and anti-inflammatory agent. 

Basically, garlic is GREAT. And I love it.

So, what to do with hundreds of cloves? Our housemate had the brilliant thinking-ahead-idea of making a load of yummy garlic butter which can be frozen in rolls and kept for whenever you need them. It’s ready in a flash, and a great way to get ahead before BBQ season! It’s great for home made garlic bread, an accompaniment to meats like steak and burgers, and probably prawns too, or just simply as a delicious butter to go with some home made bread

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The recipe is from ‘Barbeque’ by Eric Treuille and Birgit Erath.

Recipe (makes 15 servings; easily doubles)

  • 250g unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 handful flat-leaf parsley
  • 5 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper

Plonk everything into a food processor and blitz until well blended. Wrap into a sausage shape in foil and leave it in the freezer until hard (around about 45 minutes). You can leave it there until you need it; simply slice it into bits with a warm knife and serve with whatever delicious meal you’re making. Easy peasy!

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