White Bean Spread with Rosemary and Mellowed Garlic Recipe

If fresh garlic is too strong for your taste buds, try this recipe featuring roasted garlic, which is sweeter and milder.

From "Recipes from the Herbalist's Kitchen"
Winter 2017-2018

  • White bean spread with rosemary and mellowed garlic.
    Photo by Stocksy/Harald Walker

Total Hands-On Time: 9 hrs

Preparation Time: 8 hrs

Cook Time: 1 hr

Yield: 4 to 6 servings as an appetizer

When you roast garlic, the sharp-tasting sulfur compounds break down and the sugars caramelize, imparting sweetness. Slowly cooking garlic in olive oil is an easy and efficient way for the home cook to get the results of roasting, and it imparts a wonderful flavor to the oil. You can also roast garlic in the oven, either in its skin or peeled on a baking dish with a dash of oil. Make extra and smear it on toast or use it in Crispy Sage and Roasted Garlic Risotto (opposite). If you’d like this spread to be more pungent, you can always add a little bit of raw garlic. 

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