Yes, Of Course You Can Pair Garlic With That!
I’m announcing a one-time-only food blogging event: Yes, Of Course You Can Pair Garlic With That!
When I posted my recipe for dolmas (stuffed grape leaves), I mused that I should start a food blog event devoted to pairing garlic with hazelnut, a flavor combination that thrills me to no end. Dave and I discovered it when following some pasta recipe – the sauce was mediocre, but the first stage, hazelnut butter mixed with minced garlic, was fantastically good. I used the same pairing when making my dolmas, and loved the combination there as well.
In response to that post, one person commented:
I like to draw a line on the number of things you can pair with garlic and make these pairings successful. Peaches and garlic— no! Hazelnuts and garlic— no!
And here is why: garlic tends to do very well, super well, with things that are oily (olive oil), fat (cream, pine nuts) or acidic (lemon).
Hazelnuts do not contain as much oil as other nuts and for this reason, pairing them with garlic is less than optimal.
Do not forget that weird pairings, unusual pairings do not always mean successful pairings! The Greeks have been around longer than you and since hazelnuts grow in Greece, don’t you think they would have paired them together, to a great success?
So, experiment if you must but I do not predict great successes with this attempt! Sorry to rain on your parade!
Let’s prove her wrong! I disagree entirely on the garlic/hazelnut pairing, which I adore with all the adorings I’ve got. I’ve never tried garlic with peaches, but I bet I could make a pretty good barbecue sauce with the two of them together, at least.
The Greeks haven’t thought up every delicious food combination that can possibly exist. That’s the joy of food blogging – we can experiment and discover wild new creations, and sometimes they are great successes!
To participate in Yes, Of Course You Can Pair Garlic With That!, all you have to do is cook a dish that pairs garlic with something it’s not usually paired with. I have a really strong preference for seeing garlic/hazelnut dishes, but any unusual garlic pairing is fair game. Have fun with this!
The deadline is October 8, 2007 and I’ll post a round-up shortly thereafter.
Be sure to link back to this entry in your post. And once you’ve posted your entry, please send an email to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. The subject line should read “Yes, Of Course You Can Pair Garlic With That!”. Please attach a photo of your dish (if you have one) to the email, and tell me:
Where you live
Your blog’s name
Your blog’s URL
The name of your dish
Your entry’s URL
If you don’t have a food blog, feel free to post your entry on your non-food blog or in the comments to this post.