Garlic-Infused Olive Oil

Just in time for Easter.

I love olive oil.  I cook with it all the time and two bottles of olive oil sit right next to my stove on a daily basis – regular Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Garlic-Infused Olive Oil.  I use them interchangeably, but nothing compares to using the garlic oil to add flavor to simple seafood or even create a great citrus-garlic dressing.  It is also perfect for a quick Easter veggie — drizzle on some asparagus and bake at 400 F for 10 minutes.

What makes it even better is it is super simple and cheap to make.  You just need two ingredients: Garlic Cloves and Extra Virgin Olive Oil, and two days — with about 15 minutes over those two days to make it happen.

Here is how you make it:

Garlic-Infused Olive Oil

8 Cloves of Raw Garlic
2 Cups of Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Step 1: Smash the Garlic cloves on a piece of parchment paper on your cutting board using the side of a wide knife, remove the skin and chop up the garlic while still on the parchment paper — you mainly will want to do this to make the “inserting garlic into oil” process easier.

Step 2: Open up the bottle of olive oil, remove the pour spout/insert and pour a little out  — especially if you have a 17 oz bottle, so you do not have overflow when the garlic goes in.

Step 3: Pick up the parchment paper and funnel the garlic into the bottle.  Shake up a bit, then let it sit on your kitchen counter for 48 hours.  I stop and shake it when I can, but leaving it alone will be just fine.

Step 4: 48 hours later, open the bottle and pour it into a fine mesh strainer over a measuring cup to strain out the garlic.  Any Pyrex container with a spout and a sifter you have around will do.

Step 5: Pour your garlic-infused oil back into the bottle and find a home for it among your kitchen staples.

 

I especially love it on roasted vegetables and even in a quick seafood scampi pulled together after a long weekend.

Enjoy!

Julia Montgomery Stewart

Nicknamed “Julia Child” at a young age, our own Julia is most at home in the kitchen. Lately, she has combined her culinary talents with a new hobby—fitness and healthy living. As a result, her recipes reflect an intriguing balance between eating well without sacrificing flavor. Outside the home, Julia is a consummate event planner, and spent the first ten years of her career as a publicist before expanding her portfolio of talents with the launch of Live Pretty in 2010. Balancing the busy demands of career and family, Julia lives with her husband and daughter in Orlando, Florida. In addition to her work in marketing, she serves a number of community organizations and initiatives in Central Florida.

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