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Michael Symon's Garlic Tips

Michael Symon on Garlic

One of the demos I had the pleasure of watching over the weekend at the Food Network's South Beach Wine and Food Festival was lead by Iron Chef Michael Symon. The Cleveland native, who recommends only eating "food that your grandparents and great grandparents can recognize," made fresh pasta with a scrumptious-smelling simple tomato sauce. While cooking, Symon expressed a lot of his strong opinions and spoke at length about garlic. To find out what he has to say about this everyday ingredient,


  • Throw away your garlic press. Symon thinks it's the most useless kitchen tool. He suggests pressing the garlic with the side of a knife for the same crushed effect.
  • Never use processed or jarred garlic. Its bitter quality will not enhance the flavor of a dish.
  • If you prefer to use prechopped garlic because it saves time, Symon says to make your own. Take a head of garlic, chop the entire thing, put in a jar, and cover with olive oil. Place in the fridge and use whenever you want.

Do you have a garlic tip? Please share with us below!

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lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
I meant Lola, not Lolita! I always get the two confused.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
I love Symon, too! Although, considering some of the yummy, but not traditional things he serves at Lolita, I'm a little surprised that he'd say to only eat foods that your grandparents and great-grandparents could recognize!
eshellmoyer eshellmoyer 7 years
If I ate only foods my grandparents and great grandparents could recognize I would be eating a whole lot of salt pork and black eyed peas- not exactly a recipe for great nutrition.
Dagne Dagne 7 years
Michael is a great chef and all but he can pry my garlic press from my cold, dead hands. The one I use produces perfectly minced garlic in two seconds. It's such a time saver.
flavacrisp flavacrisp 7 years
I grate my garlic as well.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
I love Michael Symon!! I also hate garlic presses. I prefer to grate my garlic cloves, a la Rachael Ray. It really does work.
Food Food 7 years
Michael Symon certainly has a lot of beef with the garlic press! But I have to admit I fell in love with him during his demo in Aspen. He seems so down-to-earth!
xxstardust xxstardust 7 years
I'll do anything he says about garlic if only he'll take me home with him! Oh, what a nice Greek boy!! Garlic tip: roasted garlic cloves are the most delicious thing in the entire world, and once you eat them spread on bread you'll never need to use butter again. Oh, and you can never have too much garlic.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 7 years
garlic tip? when baking chicken, throw some cloves of unpeeled garlic in there with it, when the chicken is finished, the garlic will be nice and soft and will just slide right out of its husk, i spread it on some fresh bread, put it with some brown rice and peppers, or just eat them whole!
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 7 years
good lord is he gorgeous.
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 7 years
No garlic tips... but I'm from Cleveland and I love Micheal Symon. I've seen him in ads for the Library and the West Side Market. I'm glad he hasn't completely sold out... yet.
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