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    Elephant garlic...

    Hi all!
    I got a couple heads of elephant garlic on my csa box and am at a loss of what to do with them.
    First thing I want to mention is that I LOVE GARLIC!! Absolutely and truly love garlic, but real garlic that is. I tried the elephant garlic raw and it is so bland, way too mild for my tastes, almost doesn't taste like garlic and it was even a tad sweet (very little though).
    Then I decided to sautee it and see how it would turn out (we were making a tomato sauce), well, it turned out extremely bitter. And no, I did not burn the garlic. I tried a bit while it still didn't even have any color on it (no golden brown, nothing, pale whitish garlic) and it was so bitter, it was disgusting. We ended up throwing the three cloves in the pan out, washed the pan really good and proceeded to use real true garlic (TJ's frozen garlic, what a wonderful convenience food, looooove those little cubes!) in our recipe.
    Anyways, I wanted to ask what do you guys do with elephant garlic?? Do you eat it raw? Does roasting makes it good? I still have 1 1/2 heads of it and don't know what to do.
    I tried looking for info on the BB search engine but didn't have much luck.
    TIA!
    Ana

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    I've only eaten elephant garlic a couple times - roasted and spread on toasted french bread. It did taste like garlic but very mild. I think a lot of the flavor depends on the growing conditions. I don't remember any bitter taste.
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    I've never eaten elephant garlic, but roasting makes just about everything taste good.

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    Found this:

    Elephant garlic is the source of much confusion, so I thought it deserved a page of its own.
    Many people are attracted to elephant garlic and buy it simply because of its size. They assume that it must be more strongly flavoured than ordinary garlic. In fact the opposite is true.

    What Is Elephant Garlic?
    Elephant garlic - allium ampeloprasum - is probably more closely related to the leek than to ordinary garlic. The bulbs are very large and can weigh over a pound. A single clove of elephant garlic can be as large as a whole bulb of ordinary garlic.

    In terms of flavour, elephant garlic is to garlic what leeks are to onions. It is much less intense and sweeter. It has been described - rather unkindly - as "garlic for people who don't like garlic".


    Buying
    When buying elephant garlic, follow the same guidelines as ordinary garlic: look for heads that are firm with plenty of dry, papery covering. Elephant garlic is more perishable than ordinary garlic so it doesn't keep as long.

    Cooking
    When cooking with elephant garlic, remember that it is not a substitute for ordinary garlic. Instead it is used where a subtle hint of garlic is wanted without overpowering the rest of the food. Elephant garlic is often served raw in salads or sliced and sauted in butter (be careful, it browns very quickly and can turn bitter). It's also frequently used to give a hint of flavour to soups.
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    Quote Originally Posted by charley View Post
    roasting makes just about everything taste good.
    Agreed! And that's why I thought about roasting it!
    Thanks for the help and info! I guess I will roast it and maybe separate one clove to try in a salad!
    Ana

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    I read a few other comments about even when roasted it was bitter. Let us know how it turns out!
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    Quote Originally Posted by PAMMELA View Post
    I read a few other comments about even when roasted it was bitter. Let us know how it turns out!
    Back to report that Pammela was right, I roasted the garlic and it was horribly bitter, sadly (as I hate to throw away food) into the trash it went, but I really did try to use it up in all possible ways. Seems that this is best when thinly sliced and used in salads.
    I love garlic, the real stuff, this big elephant stuff is definitely not for me. It was fun to try it though.
    Ana

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