Elephant in the room

Elephant garlic spread Dew Abides
Elephant garlic spread Dew Abides

Everyone who passes the giant arrangement of garlic in the dining room invariably asks, “What in the world are you going to do with all that?”

Have I mentioned hubby and I have an inappropriate love of the allium genus?

When our friends from Mica Hill Farm offered twenty bulbs of elephant garlic, I couldn’t resist. It’ll keep for months, and the large, mild cloves are perfect for roasting.

Just remove the top 1/4″ or so from one bulb and place in a ceramic garlic roaster (or aluminum foil). Drizzle with olive oil, cover, and bake for 30-35 minutes at 400°F.  Squeeze garlic from cloves and mash with a fork, adding olive oil until the desired consistency is reached.

The result is a delicious, mildly-pungent spread that’s great as a snack on a chunk of bread or as a healthy mayo substitute on a sandwich.

Added bonus: Not a Twilight fan within a mile of the house.

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