Like asparagus and ramps, green garlic is a hallmark of spring. The delicately flavored allium is simply immature garlic, harvested just before the plant begins to form cloves. With a milder flavor than regular garlic, it complements the delicate flavors of the season in soups, sauces and alongside roasted vegetables.
Pick up green garlic on your next visit to your local farmers’ market — the vegetables look a lot like green onions, with a light pink tinge at the bulbs. Then try preparing it in one of these delicious spring-inspired recipes.
|Sautéed Chicken Breasts with Fava Beans and Green Garlic|
In this recipe, green garlic complements the earthy, pleasing bitterness of fresh fava beans to create a chicken dish that is a tribute to spring.
|Green Garlic and Spinach Soufflé|
This elegant side dish makes a nice alternative to a gratin or simple sautéed greens. The subtle flavor of the green garlic brightens heartier spinach and cream.
|Grilled Baby Leek, Green Garlic and Roast Lamb Sandwiches|
Like green garlic, baby leeks have a more delicate taste than their more mature relatives — and they are particularly wonderful when browned briefly on the grill in these sandwiches.
About the author: Olivia Terenzio grew up in Mississippi, where she cultivated a love of sweet potatoes, crawfish and cloth napkins at a young age. A passion for sharing food with friends and family led her into the kitchen and later to culinary school, where she learned how to roast a chicken and decorate a cake like a pro. As a Williams-Sonoma blog editor, she’s now lucky enough to be talking, writing and thinking about food all day.