Have you ever been caught between two friends arguing? It’s a pretty uncomfortable position huh? One says one thing, the other says the complete polar opposite, and you are convinced by the end of it, they could not have possibly been involved in the same argument. You learn early, there’s always two sides to every story.
Some foods also have two stories. Garlic is a prime example. 40 cloves of raw garlic immediately creates visions of Dracula, silver bullets and vampires. Why would anyone use 40, yes 4-0, cloves of garlic? Answer…because it has a softer side. When you roast 40 cloves of garlic, it morphs into a soft, buttery, garlicky, sweet, creamy spread that is seriously the most delicious thing you can slather on bread. Butter need not even apply, and cream cheese who? Can’t compete. Not even in the same league.
I think if you add wine, man could live on this. We may want to add some chicken, because well, we add chicken to most things. This though, is ALL about the garlic. It’s one of those things. One of those things you will come back to time and time again. One of those things that can resolve those friends fights we talked about up there. Ask them to dinner. This garlic chicken will make it all better. It encourages rainbows and pretty flowers and unicorns and happiness and world peace. (Maybe that was the wine.) I really do think this should be on the menu at the United Nations. It’s just one of those comforting, zen things. I believe all of this. At least that’s my side of the garlic story. And I’m sticking to it.
40 Cloves and a Chicken
- 6-8 drumsticks or 4 leg quarters
- 40 cloves of garlic, roughly 4 bulbs
- 3 stalks celery, chopped
- 1/2 cup dry Vermouth or white wine
- 3/4 cup chicken stock
- 3 sprigs fresh Thyme or Tarragon – Chopped
- 1 tsp. Nutmeg
- 3 tbsp. GOOD Olive Oil
- Salt & Pepper to taste
Brown Chicken in a pan with oil. Transfer to a baking dish with a lid. Add remaining ingredients. Cover dish tightly with foil, then top with lid. Allow to roast at 375 for 1 1/2 hours. This is so simple and so delicious. Spread the garlic on your bread and enjoy!
Life is too short to eat ugly food. Bon Appetit y’all!