Sharp or sweet depending on how it's prepared, garlic is one of the most versatile ingredients in your arsenal. For further proof, try one of these recipes that pack a mighty allium wallop; they're tasty, and one bite will leave you vampire-proof for the night!
Lemon Butter Shrimp
Fast and easy, lemon butter shrimp  is just the recipe for satisfying a seafood craving when time is of the essence.
For a rich and creamy start to your meal, serve white gazpacho , an almond- and garlic- based chilled Spanish soup.
Garlicky Arugula Pasta
Don't let its demure appearance deceive you; this garlic- and fish-sauce- dressed pasta  packs a bold punch.
Moules à la Provencal
Add a dash of elegance to your meal, Julia Child-style, with her recipe for moules à la Provencal , a satisfying starter of gratinéed mussels.
Braised Chicken With Tomatoes
Work smarter, not harder, by slow-cooking your way to a delectable dinner of chicken braised with tomatoes , sage, and garlic.
Asparagus Caesar Salad
Drizzle an iconic salad dressing — the Caesar from San Francisco's Zuni Cafe — over a nest of ribboned asparagus, and it takes on a whole new life . Asparagus not in season? Try the pungent dressing in its classic application: on crisp romaine lettuce.
Garlic transforms from crisp and sharp to soft, spreadable, and sweet  after a trip to the oven. Generously spread a clove or two on a buttered baguette for superlative garlic bread, or sprinkle a few cloves over a pizza for a savory flavor.
If you've never cooked with head-on shrimp, then now's the time to start. Cooking these briny bites whole (versus shelled) protects the shrimp from overcooking and adds loads of flavor. Add a garlic-soy glaze  to the mix, and they're bound to satisfy.
Spaghetti Aglio, Olio, e Peperoncino
Pantry nearly bare? No problem! Chances are you have all the ingredients on hand for this zesty (and superfast) pasta dish .
Roasted Beet and Garlic Soup
Earthy beets, sweet roasted garlic, and tangy goat cheese combine forces for a silky soup  that comes with an added bonus: it's even better on day two. Make a batch for dinner tonight, and then enjoy it all week long.