If you’re not a vampire and don’t mind a little garlic breath, chances are likely that you add the white bulbous plant to some, if not all of your cooking. Aside from being delicious, garlic packs a healthy punch with cholesterol-lowering antioxidants, T-cell promoting immunity boosters, and antibacterial properties.
For this reason alone, we can’t really fault a dish for being too garlicky. In fact, we now encourage it wholeheartedly.
To celebrate the seasoning for both its flavor and nutrition, we’ve rounded up 13 recipes that are heavy on garlic, but also great taste. From dips and chicken to seafood and stuffed vegetables, it’s fair to say that nobody will be kissing you within 24 hours of consuming. But trust us, it’s entirely worth the sacrifice.
1. Garlic Herb Tomato Goat Cheese Dip
No matter how you say “tomato,” we can all agree that it pairs well with goat cheese, herbs, and garlic. Get the recipe.
2. Honey Garlic Chicken Skewers
3. Garlicky Kale and Spinach Dip
Sneaking in greens like kale and spinach is just another way to boost the vitamin and mineral content in your favorite restaurant dip. Get our Garlicky Kale and Spinach Dip recipe.
4. Baked Garlic Parmesan Chicken Wings
You don’t need a fryer to get delectably crunchy wings. And who said anything about needing buffalo sauce? Get the recipe.
5. Mussels with Garlic and Breadcrumbs
Sometimes it’s best to let a classic seafood dish shine without all the bells and whistles. Get our Mussels with Garlic and Breadcrumbs recipe.
6. Tomato Bruschetta with Garlic and Basil
As if bruschetta couldn’t get more Italian, this recipe went ahead and added even more garlic and basil. Get the recipe.
7. Garlic Butter Mushrooms
On our list of favorite things to stuff mushrooms with, garlic butter may now rank higher than crab, sausage, and even cheese. Get the recipe.
8. Garlic Bread
Pumpernickel, sourdough, rye, and ciabatta may be common answers for favorite bread types, but ours is garlic. Get our Garlic Bread recipe.
9. Garlic Herb Roasted Shrimp
Shrimp served without garlic is like a cheeseburger without a bun. It’s essentially mandatory. Get the recipe.
10. Steamed Artichokes with Green Garlic Aioli
Never underestimate the powers of garlic aioli. It may seem simple, but it’s the perfect dip for an array of veggies. Get our Steamed Artichokes with Green Garlic Aioli recipe.
11. Lemon Garlic Hummus
Your favorite Middle Eastern snack gets a refreshing upgrade with the dynamic duo of lemon and garlic. Get the recipe.
12. Zucchini Garlic Bites
Zucchini is perhaps the most versatile of all vegetables, which means it obviously tastes delicious in the form of a garlicky bite. Get the recipe.
13. Garlic Herb Potato Salad
Garlic shines in this simple herb salad with America’s favorite carb. Get the recipe.