I posted a photo of a foil boat full of grilled garlic on my Instagram (@the3LLLs) a couple of weeks ago – but now that I’ve used it nearly 5 million different ways, I thought I’d write a quick post about it.
I don’t know why I don’t grill/bake/roast garlic more, it’s so versatile. The flavor is that of a sweet garlicky roasted flavor, but much more mild that firmer or less cooked garlic. It can take on tastes of additional seasonings or oils, not to mention it has a lot of health benefits. Some can’t tolerate a lot of garlic, (most likely because its high FODMAP), but if you can, get it!
I happened to have the rest of a large bag of peeled garlic in my fridge that I knew I wouldn’t be able to use up before it spoiled, so I threw it on the grill.
Black Truffle Coconut Sugar Grilled Garlic
- Peeled garlic cloves (not trimmed on the ends)
- Drizzle black truffle oil
- Fresh cracked black pepper
- Raw coconut sugar
Create a foil boat and dump the garlic in, drizzle with the oil, generous fresh ground black pepper and top with raw coconut sugar. I did not mix – thought I’d see what would happen with the heat from the bottom caramelizing the sugar, it was YUMMO. I ate a substantial portion by itself right off the grill, have tossed it into a veggie/egg scramble, smashed it on a burger, tossed it cold into a salad, used it as a [paleo] pizza topping, and smeared it on a baked [paleo] pizza crust.
That sounds kind of like a fancy name, it’s not a fancy recipe. I think many assume that seafood is difficult to cook, but it really isn’t. I’m not sure where this thought or stereotype was founded, but it’s a giant lie. In fact, cooking seafood is about the easiest meal idea I’ve found, unless it’s leftovers from the weekend. Honestly meat is just as “difficult” as seafood. Seriously, so little time required.
I bought some wild caught Mexican baby scallops a couple weeks ago, thawed them, and baked them. Took about 5 minutes!
Baked Scallops in Garlic Herb Butter with Smoked Paprika
- 16 oz scallops (baby is preferred)
- 1/2 stick garlic herb butter (I used Kerrygold)
- Smoked paprika
- Garlic salt
- Onion powder
- Sea salt
- Herbs de Provence
Pour the bag of scallops into a colander, rinse, then pat dry. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Once warm, take an 8×8 glass baking dish with half the stick of garlic herb butter and place it in the oven to warm the dish and melt the butter. Once melted, take the dish out, add scallops, and sprinkle with all seasonings moderately, except for the smoked paprika. Place back in the oven and bake for about 5 minutes – tossing once at about the 3 minute mark. You’ll know if the scallops are over done, as they’re like chewy rubber. Feel free to taste test if you’re fearful, and if they melt in your mouth, they’re done.
I paired the scallops with some roasted vegetables (mushrooms/purple cabbage/red onion/white onion) tossed in black truffle oil and Costoc’s organic salt free 21 seasoning (LOVE THAT STUFF).