* Grains of paradise is a West African spice that adds heat to dishes, similar to black pepper, but with a floral-cardamom note. Use it as an easy way to add an exotic touch to grilled meats and vegetables. It should be added only at the end of cooking as its flavor dissipates quickly with heat.
This recipe produces both roasted garlic and richly flavored garlic oil. If the dish you're making calls for pureed garlic, transfer the cloves to a food processor while still hot, which results in a very smooth puree. The leftover oil from this recipe is garlic infused and delicious.
1 cup garlic cloves, peeled
1 cup sunflower oil
In a small saucepan over medium heat, cook the garlic and oil until the garlic turns golden and softens, about 25 minutes. Using a hand strainer, remove the garlic and strain the oil. Store the roasted garlic and the oil separately in airtight contains for up to 7 days in the refrigerator.