Granulated garlic (Recipe: dry rub for steak)
Granulated garlic is to fresh garlic as (blank) is to (blank).
As pepper flakes are to habañeros?
As decaf is to espresso?
As Brad Pitt is to George Clooney? (I guess this one depends on your taste. Maybe the other way around?)
The point is that granulated garlic will never have quite the zing of the fresh, but, as my family says when we're seeing the glass half full, it has other attributes.
Often used in spice blends, granulated garlic provides the flavor of garlic with the added benefit of a long shelf life, ease of measurement, and no skins to add to the compost pile. It is pure dehydrated garlic, with no added preservatives, salt, or anti-caking agents. It takes nine pounds of fresh garlic to make one pound of dehydrated.
To substitute in a recipe (which, honestly, you really should not do unless you are out of fresh garlic and also out of the minced garlic in a jar and you absolutely cannot live without the flavor of something resembling garlic), soak one-half teaspoon in one tablespoon of water to equal 2 cloves of fresh garlic. If you're sprinkling it rather than mixing it into a liquid, use 1/4 teaspoon for every clove of garlic.
Though I love Penzeys granulated garlic, and I use it in place of powdered garlic, I must take issue with the confusing labeling; granulated garlic is to powdered garlic as granulated sugar is to confectioners sugar. It's the same product, but in a more coarse grind. It keeps for 6-12 months if stored in a container with a tight-fitting lid, and it's great to have on hand to make pico de gallo or spicy garlic chicken, or a real creole spice mix or your own Montreal steak seasoning.
Dry rub for steak
What could be easier? Rub on beef, let the meat sit at room temperature for 30-45 minutes, and cook on the grill.
4 Tbsp dried porcini mushrooms
2 Tbsp granulated garlic
4 Tbsp black pepper
1 tsp kosher salt
In a spice blender, grind mushrooms to a fine powder. Then, in a bowl, mix all ingredients. Store in an airtight container.
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