Garlic is a staple piece to many of the dishes that I make. It’s an extremely versatile ingredient that can be used in soups, pasta, pizza, spreads, dips, spice rubs, marinades, sauces, many rice dishes and especially bean recipes – it adds a strong flavor to my red beans and rice recipes that I can’t cook a pot without adding a few minced cloves.
With it being such a versatile ingredient, it makes me wonder what category does garlic fall into? Is it a herb or is it considered a spice? Garlic grows underground in the form of a bulb, yet it produces a long green flower stalk that can be eaten. Spices are roots, along with seeds, and barks while herbs are the green leaves or stems of a plant. Seems like garlic fits into both categories.
Would garlic be considered a vegetable? Sure. But it’s rarely eaten on its own. I suppose that would be similar to an onion, right? The dictionary defines a vegetable as a plant or part of a plant used as food. You could eat raw garlic. In fact, by doing so can lower cholesterol and help in reducing cancer. And that’s not all the health benefits that garlic has to offer. The superfood can also help control acne, it’s a broad-spectrum antibiotic, it’s an antioxidant, it can help reduce the risk of heart disease, it can reduce the formation and slow the growth of cancer cells, it can boost your immune system, it helps with blood circulation and keeps all of your veins and arteries healthy, and it can control an unruly vampire.
You read that right. Garlic can control acne. Here are some helpful hints and recipes to clear your skin using garlic. But using too much might just scare away more than just the vampires.
As I said earlier, I do use garlic a lot when I’m cooking. I call it Da Pope. Onions, bell peppers, and celery create the trinity of southern cooking but add da pope, and you get the ‘Holy Trinity‘. Have you made my Creole Roasted Turkey yet? I seasoned a whole turkey with a Creole Seasoning buttery rub. And that’s not even the best part! I stuffed the turkey with what I called the Holy Trinity Stuffing with Da Pope and the Hot Nun. The Hot Nuns are the 10 pepperoncini that completely jazz this recipe up. Now doesn’t that sound amazing? That turkey and stuffing recipe was the runner-up in the Taste of Home magazines 2015 Thanksgiving Recipe contest!
And I couldn’t have done it without da pope.
Not that da pope!
There are plenty of great meals that feature garlic. A couple that comes to mind in New Orleans is the Cream of Garlic Soup at Bayona’s on Dauphine Street and the popular Garlic Bread at Commander’s Palace in the Garden District. Then there is the ‘secret’ Chicken Bonn Femme from Tujague’s that is loaded with garlic. One of my favorite recipes to make at home that features garlic is Chicken Drumsticks Da Pope. It’s an easy recipe to put together and it’s slow cooked all day in the crockpot.
You can use any pieces of the chicken when making this. I do recommend the drumstick and the boneless chicken thigh – the thighs will melt in your mouth. The Chicken Da Pope is best served along with a Lemon Parsley Rice, steamed green beans, a light salad with a balsamic dressing, and a good crusty bread. The parsley and lemon cooked in the rice help to offset the garlicky flavor of the chicken. Another good pairing that my wife loves with this meal is a glass of red wine.
The recipe is easy to put together.
Place the pieces of chicken in a mixing bowl; add the garlic making sure that the chicken is coated.
Put the garlic chicken in the slow cooker. Cover; set the time and wait patiently.
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