One of the items we have most enjoyed getting each week in our basket is a garlic spread called Majestic Garlic. It is a raw garlic spread that is also vegan, dairy-free and gluten-free. Normally I will be the first to admit all the “free” usually translates into “flavor-free” (a rarely advertised label), however, this could not be further from the truth. Majestic Garlic comes in several different flavors such as basil, cilantro, dill, curry and cayenne to name a few. Even though it is raw it does not have a strong or pungent garlic flavor. I find in recipes that call for raw garlic there is a bite and a heat that is nice, but never consistent and not ideal in a recipe you want to serve your children or anyone you want to kiss later for that matter. This spread is creamy and almost irresistible. The baby loves the curry one on crackers, that is how mellow the garlic flavor is. Our toddler eats the basil garlic spread on pretzels and exclaims “it’s sooooo good”! I too am most guilty of eating it with pretzels or crackers as a dip, but it is also fabulous on sandwiches, stirred into soups and about a million other uses. Yes, it is life-changing good. No, I am not a paid representative of Majestic Garlic, I’m just likely another lunatic fan.
You will see me use it in several recipes on this blog and if you were to try to substitute it would be difficult to replicate the delicate flavor it imposes. You can of course substitute raw garlic but I would substitute at best half what a recipe using majestic garlic calls for. My best suggestion is to track down a few tubs (which keep in your fridge for up to 3 months) and see how amazing and versatile this wonderful item is. For their direct website go to www.majesticgarlic.com