the house now has a lot of honey, and a lot of garlic. wouldn’t seem like they would be connected, but my coworker some years ago told me about pickling garlic in honey. seemed like a weird idea, but i’m game to try new ideas, and after i tried it, i have to say i was hooked. and it’s so easy.
pack some peeled garlic into a jar.
then cover it with honey. put it in the fridge for a few weeks, and it’s done. really that’s all there is to it. two things happen – the honey gets thinner as water is pulled out of the garlic and develops a lovely garlic favor and heat – and the garlic gets softer and sweeter. you can do all kinds of things with this but a few of my favorites – using the honey in a salad dressing adds sweetness and garlic flavor, or it’s great drizzled over a little bit of brie and then stuffed under the broiler and served with slices of crisp apples or asian pears. the garlic cloves themselves are great added to root veggies and roasted in the oven, or added to sun-dried tomato dip. yum!