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Old 01-12-2009, 07:07 PM   #1
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What is exploded garlic?

I have a recipe that calls for sauteing a clove of garlic until it explodes. Now my house is full of smoke from burned garlic. I wasn't waiting for the garlic to literally explode, but I was expecting some form of blossoming. Obviously not.

Thanks for any help with this!

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Old 01-12-2009, 07:15 PM   #2
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Never heard of it before now, but according to one site I found via Google, "Exploded garlic is used in many of Tusca's dishes [note -- Tusca is a Mediterranean restaurant in Pittsburgh]. The technique involves sauteing garlic until lightly browned. Then it's flashed in cold white wine, making it almost explode. The method removes the garlicky bitterness, leaving a pure, smooth garlic flavor."
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Old 01-12-2009, 07:25 PM   #3
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Thanks for the reply. I found that same website, but my recipe doesn't call for any of that wine business. I have reason to doubt the aptitude of the author of this recipe I have.
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Old 01-12-2009, 07:33 PM   #4
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Crockalley, it would help to tell us the recipe or instructions alittle further.

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Old 01-12-2009, 07:58 PM   #5
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The recipe, sic:

1 package Curried Lentil Soup Mix
2 onions, chopped
2 fresh tomatoes or 1 C canned tomatoes
1 T vegerable oil
1 bat leaf
1 clove of garlic
1 t salt
spice packet (included)

"In a blender puree the tomatoes and onions. In a medium saucepan sauté the clove and bay leaf in oil until the clove explodes and the bay leaf browns. Remove clove and bay leaf from oil and discard. Add the puree mix, spice packet and salt to oil. Sauté briefly, cover with water and cook on medium heat for about 30 minutes. Add lentils and 3 cups of water. Cook on medium-low heat until a thick consistency is reached, approximately 30 minutes."
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Old 01-12-2009, 08:09 PM   #6
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Thanks for posting back, but even after reading what you posted....I have no idea.
When I use whole cloves to remove them after they've golden browned, I take the knife and flatten (smash) the clove with the flat part of the knife. It inparts more flavor, but still keeps it easy to remove.

I hope someone else will come along and answer "exploding".
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Old 01-12-2009, 08:11 PM   #7
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Does it happen when you feed garlic to someone in this post?

Garlic....yuk
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Old 01-12-2009, 08:14 PM   #8
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Welcome to DC. I have never heard of exploded garlic.
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Old 01-12-2009, 08:16 PM   #9
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a quick google found this:
Savory bites - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

"The technique involves sauteing garlic until lightly browned. Then it's flashed in cold white wine, making it almost explode. The method removes the garlicky bitterness, leaving a pure, smooth garlic flavor."
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Old 01-12-2009, 08:34 PM   #10
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Is that website the only one that know what exploded garlic is? lol
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