Ever have one of those dinners that you were sure was going to be a real winner in the taste department, but instead turned out boring and bland? Let me introduce you to my new favorite helper in the kitchen. It's called Garlic Gold, and it absolutely deserves that name.
This may look like an average grocery-store bottle of minced garlic in olive oil, but it's so very much better. First off, the quality of the ingredients is evident from the moment you open the jar and get hit with the powerful aromas of garlic and rich olive oil. It smells fresh and immediately appetizing. Those garlic nuggets are toasted before being packaged, which makes them just a little crunchy as well as deeply flavorful. The oil has been infused with garlic and is fantastic all on its own.
I've gotten in the habit of adding a teaspoon or so of this garlic to finish off a dish just before serving. It's particularly great with steamed and sautéed vegetables, but can also be drizzled over a bowl of hot soup, folded into eggs, or spooned onto bruschetta for a quick appetizer. I also like to whisk both the garlic and its oil into vinaigrettes when making my lunch salads.
This product is made by a little family-owned company based in Ventura, California, just up the road from where I live. They use all organic ingredients with no preservatives or other additives. I have also fallen hard for their shakers of straight-up toasted garlic nuggets (no oil), which are extra-crunchy and have a mellow garlic flavor.
You can find Garlic Gold's products in many gourmet shops, especially in the Bay Area. They also sell through their online store.
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