Sunday, November 4, 2007
Favorite Ingredient
There are certain ingredients that you just can't live without...roasted garlic is one for me. I love roasted garlic in almost all of my savory recipes or even by itself. There is nothing better than smearing a freshly roasted clove of garlic on a warm piece of freshly baked bread! It is one of the easiest things to do and it just makes garlic even better...if that was possible. The latest bulb of garlic that I roasted went mostly towards a creamy white bean dip/spread I made. This dip/spread was mild and creamy with a slight tang from the balsamic vinegar. I like to use this as dip or a spread or I put it on my salads instead of dressing!

White Bean Dip/Spread

1 15.8 oz can Northern Beans (rinsed and drained)
9 cloves roasted garlic
1/2 tsp chopped fresh rosemary
1/2 tsp olive oil
1/2 tsp balsamic vinegar
salt and fresh ground pepper

Combine all ingredients in a food processor and process until smooth.

Makes 1 1/4 cups

Roasted Garlic

1 large head of garlic
salt and pepper
cooking spray

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Remove outer paper from garlic, but leave the head in together. Slice off the top to expose the garlic. Spray with cooking spray. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Wrap in aluminum foil and cook for 45 minutes to 1 hour (until soft).

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posted by Sarena Shasteen - The Non-Dairy Queen @ 3:59 PM  
  • At November 5, 2007 at 5:14 PM, Blogger VeggieGirl said…

    "There are certain ingredients that you just can't live without...roasted garlic is one for me." Sarena, are you sure you aren't reading my mind or something?? That's EXACTLY how I feel about roasted garlic (or just garlic in general)!! you rock :0D

  • At November 5, 2007 at 8:54 PM, Blogger Lyrically speaking said…

    Very cool blog, I can't tolerate any dairy so I feel right at home here...hope you don't mind me passing by :)

  • At November 6, 2007 at 7:30 PM, Blogger Sarena Shasteen said…

    Veggiegirl, I totally read you mind! I absolutely love garlic! Oh, and I think you rock too!

    Lyrically Speaking, I am so glad you stopped by! Thank you for linking to me too! I really appreciate it! Us dairy free people have to stick together!

  • At November 6, 2007 at 8:00 PM, Blogger The Little Vegan said…

    Oh yum, roasted garlic!

    I love your blog title and creative layout :o).

  • At November 6, 2007 at 9:59 PM, Blogger Emilie said…

    seriously. i wouldn't want to live in a world without garlic and roasted garlic is just the best. i've been getting sacks of local heirloom garlic and roasting it up--it's a dream come true.

  • At November 7, 2007 at 1:21 AM, Anonymous Alisa said…

    Okay, I admit that does look better than the jar garlic I usually buy. It may be time to invest in a bulb.

  • At November 10, 2007 at 5:47 PM, Blogger Sarena Shasteen said…

    The little vegan, thank you! I like your site too!

    Emilie, I know. I may eat way too much of it, but it is just so good!

    Aisa, I really is so easy and so good! I used to do the bottled thing too until I realized that I use it more often and in better ways because I know I need to use it up!

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