Saturday, June 7, 2008

RECIPE - Chili Garlic Oil

This is possibly the easiest recipe ever. It's also cheap to make, lasts a long time, and lends a distinct flavor to everything it's added to.

What You'll Need....
  • 1 empty glass bottle, thoroughly washed
  • 1 wine bottle stopper
  • olive oil
  • 1 bulb garlic, all cloves peeled and trimmed
  • red chili flakes
What You'll Do....

Peel and trim all of the cloves from one bulb of garlic so that they fit into your glass bottle.

Add red chili flakes. I have no idea how much I used. Probably a tablespoon or so.

Add olive oil. Fill nearly to the top (your wine bottle stopper should have a dry base when it's plugged into the bottle; if the oil gets inside the threads, it can turn rancid and the oxygen will rot the garlic).

I suppose you'd call it "cellaring," but put the filled, closed bottle in your pantry and leave it there for at least a couple of weeks. The flavor gets stronger the longer it sits, so keep that in mind when you're dipping your bread into it.

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