Garlic Health Benefits
Garlic is a signature spice that flavors virtually most cuisines of the world. It is known in folk medicine as a natural broad-spectrum antibiotic and since ancient times, garlic cloves have been used for respiratory ailments, digestive disorders, low energy, and even as a natural cure for the Bubonic Plague. Studies show garlic possesses antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-fungal properties in addition to being a powerful antioxidant. In summary, garlic is one of the world’s most potent natural medicines.
Amongst the most interesting medical applications of garlic is in the management of cardiovascular diseases. Allicin, the active ingredient has been shown to decrease cholesterol, reduce inflammation of blood vessels and lower blood pressure. Garlic may help prevent and treat some cancers including colon, stomach, and endometrial cancer.
Garlic is related to the Lilly Family which includes onions. Its characteristic flavor adds a delicious dimension to any dish. Here are some ideas to infuse your meals with garlic:
Garlic applied to different kinds of bread creates a variety of classic dishes, such as garlic bread, bruschetta, and crostini.
Oils can be flavored with garlic cloves. These infused oils can be used to season all categories of vegetables, meats, and pasta.
Chopped garlic can be added to stews, soups or place into roasts.
Let’s get cooking:
- 2 tablespoons kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1 (5 pounds) chicken
- 4 heads garlic, top 1-inch cut-off
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 medium lemon, halved
- 1 medium yellow onion, quartered
- 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
Heat the oven to 375 degrees F and arrange a rack in the middle.
Mix together salt and pepper in a small bowl and set aside. Pat chicken dry and rub all over with 1 of the garlic heads. Rub all over (under skin too) with oil and season with salt and pepper. Place 1 garlic head and 1 lemon half in the chicken cavity.
Arrange remaining garlic, lemon, and onion on the bottom of a 3 to 4-quart baking dish to create a bed. Place chicken on top, add broth to baking dish, and cover tightly with foil. Roast until chicken reaches 135 to 140 degrees F on an instant-read thermometer, about 1 hour.
Remove foil, brush chicken with pan juices, and increase oven temperature to 450 degrees F. Roast, basting occasionally, until temperature of chicken on inner thigh is 165 degrees F, skin is golden brown, and juices run clear, about 30 to 40 minutes more.