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Herbed Ricotta

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Goodbye, Garlic


Garlic is one of the most commonly used flavors in food, so it’s hard to get away from if you aren’t a fan or have an allergy to it. Recently we were asked if there were any substitutes for the allium, and we have some answers for you!

Most of the time garlic is used, commonly with onion, early on in cooking to add aroma and flavor. If you can’t find a good substitute, you may be able to avoid using them in the recipe. But, consider a substitute if:

  • Garlic is the only flavor in the recipe
  • Garlic is the main part of the recipe
  • Garlic is used raw or lightly cooked

So you’re thinking, these rules apply to almost every recipe. Don’t worry, we have a quick fix for you! Since garlic is an aromatic, here are some that will still add a mouth-watering scent and flavor to your favorite dishes!

  • Fennel – its licorice-like taste goes well with chicken or fish.
  • Celery – this is surprisingly one of the most popular aromatics!
  • Bell Pepper – often used in Cajun cooking, this veggie makes a good base for rice or stew and goes well with celery!
  • Carrots – these can also be used with celery and are very popular with French foods.

In addition, you can try out these spices and herbs that will add flavor to any meal:

  • Peppercorn
  • Cumin
  • Horseradish
  • Ginger
  • Shallots

Hopefully this will help you the next time you’re looking for a garlic-free recipe. We love answering your tough cooking questions. Ask away any time on our Facebook page or right here on Leah’s Table!