the almighty garlic: great for you and your pizza
Clubs of America | Mar 07, 2014
An all-around “must have,” the almighty garlic gives pizza it’s perfect flavor. We’ll show you how best to use it to improve your pizza beyond your everyday delivery.
The medicinal properties of garlic have been touted for centuries, as the ancients used it in their cooking to ward off disease. As you know, though, the little bulb has a deadly strong flavor, and too much of a good thing can ward off more than disease!
Garlic is, however, one of the absolute essentials for pizza — used to flavor the dough, sauces, fillings and toppings. Fresh garlic is the only game in town — using garlic salts, powders or flakes is definitely a step down. The tastes of these are inferior, and they are harder to digest, more expensive, and are known for unpleasant aftertastes. How do you know a good garlic? The bulb will be large, smooth, flawless and rounded, with well-developed individual cloves. Now you’ve bought it, what do you do with it?
Separate and peel the cloves as you need them. (Tapping with the flat side of a knife will loosen the skin.) The surface area revealed determines the strength of the garlic when used. Finely minced garlic is much more potent than thicker slices. For the biggest flavor punch, crush the clove with a knife, or better yet, use a garlic press, which releases the oils. Troubled by the lingering garlic odor on your hands? Rub hands with regular table salt and rinse under cold water. (Hot water will open up the pores of your skin, allowing the garlic aroma to, in effect, really get under your skin, and you’ll have the garlic smell following you for days!)
Another kitchen trick some people swear by to remove both garlic and onion odors from hands is to rub their hands vigorously on anything stainless – such as a kitchen faucet. Sounds strange, but it works!
Take a closer look at this Month’s Pizza Selections
T, M & G GOURMET PIZZA
Plum tomatoes, fresh mushroom slices, fresh roasted garlic slices and mozzarella make for a perfect pizza blend. The freshness of the Basil Olive Oil Sauce (a blend of top quality olive oil, Romano cheese and fresh basil) brings out the best in all the veggies.
GARLIC CHICKEN GOURMET PIZZA
This poultry pizza is far from a paltry pizza! Spiced chicken breast strips are dressed with fresh sliced mushrooms and mozzarella. And this gourmet delight is crowned with our Garlic sauce made with olive and corn oils, garlic salt and powder, cayenne pepper, and spiced Romano cheese.
SAL’S PEPPERONI GOURMET PIZZA
Sal’s sliced and spiced pork pepperoni and mozzarella will make you go weak in the knees. And it’s crowned with our signature tomato-based sauce. (Get ready for seconds, and thirds, and . . .)