Some may say that the absence of garlic could improve the odds for a more romantic evening, however, lovers of garlic notice its absence and may be willing to take a chance on incorporating this versatile ingredient into recipes for a romantic evening. If you and your sweetie enjoy eating garlic then why not steer into the curve and indulge? There is always mints or toothpaste to neutralize things later on.
Cooking with garlic is fun and going on a date knowing that you may need to brush your teeth after could be a charming experience.
The flavor of garlic varies depending on the way it is prepared. Raw garlic is pungent and sharp, toasted garlic has a savory bite and roasted garlic is wonderfully sweet. For this meal, you both will enjoy everything that garlic has to offer. The recipes presented here cover two dish options and three courses and are easy to prepare and are fun to eat. Have a great date.
Let’s start with a simple amuse bouche that will leave your home smelling of the sweet aroma of roasted garlic. Since we are going for a garlic-themed food night, why not jump right in two options of pure garlic dishes? How about roasted garlic or a bagna cauda?
One of the best recipes for roasted garlic comes from Simply Recipes.
Roasted garlic undergoes a chemical reaction that alters the properties and
1-2 heads of Garlic
Salt and Pepper
Now, roasted garlic is amazing, but a bath of garlic and oil is truly heavenly. While this food would surely kill a vampire, it will warm the soul of a garlic lover and will make your garlic date night even more magnificent.
Now there is a restaurant in both Beverly Hills and San Francisco, California called The Stinking Rose. They specialize on all things garlic and they are a great date spot too if you are local to those areas and want to enjoy a garlic infused evening with your date. However, their Bagna Cauda is the stuff where dreams come from. Better Recipes had a great version of this amazing garlic amuse bouche.
2½ cups Garlic Cloves, skins intact
2 cups Olive Oil
¼ cup Unsalted Butter, cut into bits
1× 2 oz can Anchovies
1-2 tbs Parsley for garnish
Salt and Pepper
French Baguette Bread, crackers or veggies for dipping
There are so many options for delicious garlic appetizer recipes, but as this is a romantic date, we will not include garlic fries or wings this time, but those are two very popular foods and we will be sharing recipes for those later as well. For this date, garlic mushrooms and steamed artichokes with a garlic aioli will make you and your garlic loving companion smile.
Jennifer Meyering has a wonderful recipe for Garlic Butter Roasted Mushrooms that is easy to prepare and oh, so yummy, while being a bit sexy too.
1/4 cup unsalted butter
4 cloves garlic (minced)
16 oz baby bella mushrooms (white button will do in a pinch)
Grated Parmesan cheese
Salt and Pepper to taste
While you can switch out artichokes for broccoli or asparagus, eating the leaves of an artichoke can be fun and artichokes are good food for sharing.
Steaming the artichokes is very simple. All you need to do is trim the ends and part of the stem and put them into your steaming basket for about 35-40 minutes until tender, but if you want to see how it is done, check out this video from Ocean Mist Farms.
Now, for the best part, the garlic aioli. There are so many different garlic aioli recipes, many of them even involve making the mayo yourself. Well, as this is a date, why not make it easier, yet still delicious with this recipe from Epicurious.
2 garlic cloves, pressed
1/4 teaspoon (or more) coarse kosher salt
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 lb Shrimp
6 cloves Garlic, fresh
1/4 cup Parsley
1 tbsp Caper brine
2 tbsp Lemon juice
1/2 tsp Red pepper flakes
Salt and pepper
1 tbsp Olive oil
3 tbsp Butter
A garlicky roast chicken is just so yummy and decadent, but like the shrimp, it is good for you. While there are many variations of recipes for the 40 Clove Garlic Chicken, Alton Brown gave the world one of the best ones on The Food Network. This is a dish where you may choose to use a fork, but attacking this garlicky goodness with your hands might even make it better.
1 whole chicken (broiler/fryer) cut into 8 pieces.
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons olive oil.
10 sprigs fresh thyme.
40 peeled cloves garlic.
Salt and pepper
So now you have multiple options for a garlic lover’s date night. These recipes may turn off a vampire, but they should work with anyone who loves garlic, just have a few mints nearby, just in case.