|Garlic Herb Olive Oil Infusion
1 jar premium Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2-4 cloves fresh garlic, peeled and bruised
1/3-2/3 oz Fresh Herbs, rosemary, sage, thyme, mint, combinations
Place olive oil in a heavy pan and warm over medium heat for 3-5 minutes. Before the oil gets too hot, add bruised garlic cloves. Control the temperature of the oil so the garlic slowly poaches in the oil. When garlic starts to soften, add herbs and poach in the oil until they are wilted. (make sure the fresh herbs are dried thoroughly – don’t get even the smallest droplets of water into the oil!).
Poaching time of the garlic and herbs varies with oil temperature and herbs used – but it’s usually less than five minutes. The goal is to infuse the oil with the sweetness of roasted garlic and a fresh herbal aroma. Do not overheat – this will diminish the flavor.
Remove from heat and cool completely, placing the oil and herbs (optional) back into the bottle. – Chef Michaelangelo (mick) Rosacci