Christopher Ranch’s California Garlic Blog

It’s no mystery that fresh garlic is one of the most popular, versatile ingredients ever. What remains relatively unknown, however, are the distinct flavor, quality and health differences associated with varying garlic varieties. Christopher Ranch, a family farm in Gilroy, Calif., grows a California heirloom garlic that is a leader in each category. All Garlic Is Not Created Equal. We’ll show you why.

THE NEXT LIFE OF THE HALLOWEEN PARTY: GARLIC RECIPES

In my last blog, I shared the history of Christopher Ranch’s first Halloween promotion, “How To Have a Halloween Garlic Party” which included the fun recipes below. If you’re throwing your own bash, these Halloween inspired goodies will help you get your booya on. After all, a party without garlic is, well… dead!  Add some good friends and good vibrations and you’ll have the (skeleton) key to a wickedly good time!

WITCH’S BREW GARLIC ARTICHOKE DIP

1        cup finely chopped marinated artichoke hearts

1         cup parmesan cheese

1         cup mayonnaise

1         small can chopped green chile peppers

4         cloves Christopher Ranch California Garlic – finely chopped

Mix all ingredients in a bowl, spoon into baking dish and bake for 20 minutes at 350º. Serve with crackers or crusty French bread.

DEVILED VAMPIRE EYES

12       hard boiled eggs

1/4     cup chopped black olives

1/4      cup mayonnaise

2          tsp. mustard

4          cloves Christopher Ranch California Garlic – crushed

Salt and pepper to taste

Sprinkle of paprika

12         green olives stuffed with pimento

Peel eggs and slice in half. Remove yolks and mix with black olives, mayonnaise, mustard, garlic, salt and pepper. Stuff egg whites with mixture and top with paprika. Slice green olive in half and place in middle of yellow mixture like an eye.

DRACULA’S WORST NIGHTMARE: ROASTED GARLIC

Gently remove outer layers of skin from several whole Christopher Ranch California Garlic bulbs, leaving bulbs intact. Cut 1/2” off top of each bulb. Place in baking pan and drizzle bulbs with olive oil and sprinkle with salt, pepper, favorite herbs or seasonings. Fill a baking pan with just enough water to cover the bottom, about 1/8”. Seal pan with aluminum foil and bake at 450º for 1 hour or until garlic cloves are soft.  To serve: break clove off bulb and squeeze pulp out onto slice of French bread or cracker.  Top with a dab of Rosemary Feta Dip.

ROSEMARY FETA DI

1         cup plain yogurt

1         cup feta cheese – crumbled

Leaves from 2 sprigs of fresh rosemary-coarsely chopped

Place all ingredients in food processor or blender and blend until smooth.  Add a bit of milk if mixture is too thick.

HAVE A SPOOKTACULAR HALLOWEEN!

 

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