Sunday, May 22, 2016

Garlic & Sweet Pepper Confit.

Garlic & Sweet Pepper Confit. | Honest Fare
Confit ,comes from the French word confire which means literally "to preserve" - cooked slowly over a long period of time as a method of preservation.
You can throw in some sea salt and cracked peppercorns or red pepper flakes or even some fresh herbs to add some depth to your confit.
I did all of the above, as well as some sweet Italian peppers in this particular batch.

There are so many practical applications for garlic confit in the kitchen, so it’s nice to make a big batch to keep in the fridge so you can:

1. Impress your friends with a no-big-deal snack of velvety garlic confit and crackers, like so…
2. Use the flavored oil in your cooking.
3. Whip some confit into a salad dressing or some softened butter.
4. Be cute about it and jar some up as gifts.
5. Or drop a few cloves into a pasta dish or a frittata, like we did here…

Cook time: 30-40 mins.
Double recipe to increase batch size.
Keeps in fridge for a month.
Adding the Italian sweet peppers is optional.
Feel free to experiment by adding fresh herbs like thyme, rosemary or basil or even dried herbs de Provence.
YOU NEED:
24 cloves of whole, peeled garlic
1 cup olive oil
Cracked black pepper
Sea salt
Red pepper flakes
Sprig or two of fresh rosemary, stem on
Splash of water
Several sweet Italian peppers
DIRECTIONS
Preheat oven to 350°F/176°C
Place garlic cloves, olive oil, splash of water, salt, pepper and herbs (if using) in an oven safe casserole dish.
Cover with lid or foil and bake for up to 40 mins or until garlic is nice and soft.
You’ll want the oil to reach a simmer, but not much more in order to avoid any browning, which will cause bitterness.
Remove from oven and let cool completely before transferring to storage container.
Remove stems, seeds and skin from Itailan peppers before serving.

OR:
- Onion and Red Pepper Confit Recipe on Food52

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