Some chef somewhere probably said it first: a well chosen condiment (or relish, or salsa, et cetera) can elevate a recipe. If he or she didn’t say it, I bet they thought it. Because it’s true. However I’ve come to the conclusion that Caramelized Garlic Cloves with Orange and Mint is a condiment that can lift any dish. Any dish at all. Except maybe Chocolate Mousse. Or Banana Cream Pie. Or maybe… well, you get the idea. So I’ll just say that Caramelized Garlic Cloves with Orange and Mint is a condiment that can elevate any savory dish. I don’t want to be blamed for ruining some kid’s birthday cake.
Sweet treats aside, a remarkable all-purpose condiment can make a cook feel all-powerful. How is it that a single sweet/spicy/tangy/funky/rich/herbal/pungent all-of-the-above substance can taste equally good on charred meat, eggs any way you like them, and grilled vegetables?
Well I don’t have the answer, but I can say that Caramelized Garlic Cloves with Orange and Mint scratches that spicy/sweet/vinegary itch that sometimes keeps me up at night. GREG
PS I first served these Caramelized Garlic Cloves with a simple roasted pork tenderloin. It was easy to see how the complex flavors were the perfect foil to lean protein. But when I next tasted it spooned over charred broccolini I really began to think about this condiment’s possibilities. Then I ate it as a topper for toast. It’s future was sealed as a truly all-purpose condiment.