It’s summertime yet again. The sun is shining, school is out and all we want to do is be outside with friends and family. As the weather gets warmer we all tend to get more social as well—we want to be at the beach, by the pool or comfortable in our backyard with a kiddie pool. Among these social gatherings are plenty of nighttime barbecues and cookouts, each with plenty of delicious food.
When it comes to making food for a party, we want to cross off all the basic items. If we’re grilling out, we need to have plenty of hamburgers and hot dogs on hand along with all the toppings and add-ons: buns, onions, relish, lettuce, ketchup, the works. We almost always include some tasty sides like potato salad or freshly sliced watermelon. Still, one thing that goes perfectly with burgers and brats are some hot and crispy french fries. Although we’re all used to dipping in ketchup, we have a recipe today for a truly perfect dipping sauce that will spice up any parties you’re planning to have. You can put it on your burgers as well!
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 3 bulbs of garlic
- 1 cup of mayonnaise
- 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons of chopped parsley
- 2 tablespoons of chopped rosemary
- 1 teaspoon of olive oil
Here’s what you do:
1. Before getting started, make sure you set your oven to preheat at 425 degrees. With that done, get out your garlic bulbs. With a big knife, chop off the top quarter inch of each whole head without peeling it so that you can see all the individual cloves inside. Once you’ve done that, get some aluminum foil for each one of your heads of garlic.
2. Grab your olive oil and drizzle each of the chopped bulbs with it to highlight the flavors and help it roast in the oven. Next, wrap each one up tightly in the foil so that each looks like a ball and put them in the oven for 30 minutes. After enough time has passed, take them out—each one should be soft, golden-colored and very fragrant.
3. Let your garlic cool until you can work with it. Then, squeeze each head of garlic so that the roasted cloves push themselves out of the skin and into a medium mixing bowl. Repeat for all three heads and throw the roasted skins and foil away.
4. Finally, add your mayonnaise, lemon, parsley and rosemary into the bowl with the garlic cloves. Add some salt and pepper as well to your liking. Using a fork, mash the garlic and the other ingredients together, stirring and whipping everything together until it makes a smooth and creamy dipping sauce. Have a quick taste, adjust the salt and pepper seasoning as necessary and enjoy!
If you’ve ever been out to a restaurant where they served a fancy garlic aioli with their fries, now you know how to do it yourself right at home! While we may have experience working with individual garlic cloves in pastas or sauces, roasting the entire head is a simple and delicious way to prepare this ingredient as well (and it brings out a ton of flavor).
As mentioned, this recipe goes perfectly with your standard french fries as well as smeared on a burger bun. Still, it also pairs well with herbed and roasted potatoes as well as other assorted dipping veggies. To put it simply: you’re going to end up using this dipping sauce for everything!
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