This garlic paste may become one of your secret weapon’s!
I love my food and cherish my time in the kitchen but just like you, my life is a busy one and you have to have a few tricks up your sleeve to make that mid week meal one that is minimum effort but results in maximum smiles and lends itself to lots of gorgeous ‘table time’ as the day draws to a close. This garlic paste does exactly that and no, you wont have the breathe of a vampire the days proceeding!
I make up this paste and then keep it (for up to 1 month) in the fridge. It comes out every week for that entire month to grace our plates for one meal or another. It takes no more than 5 minutes to make this paste so it’s fair to say I am very happy with it’s output compare to my 5 minute input!
Enjoy this paste with and chicken or meat dishes, particularly those cooked on the barbecue.
1 medium head of garlic, cloves separated and peeled
1 teaspoon of salt
1 cup of olive oil
Zest and juice of ½ lemon
Place the garlic and salt in a mortar and pestle (or use a blender or food processor) and pound to a smooth paste. Gradually add the oil (as you would for mayonnaise) and then add the lemon zest and juice. If the mixture separates, add a couple more cloves of garlic and pound / blend again.
Spoon into a sterilized jar and refrigerate for up to 1 month.
Photographed (above) is one of our family dinners this past week. To prepare, I combined 3 skinless breast fillets (cut into 3cm cubes) with 2 tablespoons of the garlic paste and let it work it’s magic, covered, in the fridge for approx 1 hour. The chicken can then be threaded on to skewers and cooked on the barbecue or grill for approx 5 minutes or until golden. I served this with a chopped cos salad with homegrown cherry tomatoes, chopped parsley, a splash of extra virgin olive oil as well as a little salt and pepper. The yoghurt is divine, spooned over your garlic infused chicken skewers which is made simply by combining some greek yoghurt (I have recently become addicted to 5am brand yoghurt) with a squeeze of lemon juice, salt, pepper and a drizzle of yes, you guessed it – extra virgin olive oil! With the garlic paste in your fridge, the accompaniments are done in the 5 minutes it takes to cook the chicken. How is that for garlic paste magic and a gorgeous mid week meal? I hope you enjoy!