I am appalled ever more everyday by the geo-political disasters that have been quaking around the globe. The occurrence of these distinct yet unsettling catastrophic events, does indeed seem almost way too much of a poetic coincidence.
I am neither religious, spiritual not superstitious but the vague rumble about 2012 seems to not so laughable now...no no, I am not being paranoid but just.. well.. at a loss of explanation...
Garlic confit is truly a comfort. Poaching the garlic slowly in oil removes the pungence completely and renders it succulent and mildly sweet. The garlic becomes so soft that you can just mash with the back of a spoon and the oil is perfumed with its flavor. I used thyme to add another aromatic depth of flavor. It is just delicious spread on a slice of toast.
With Spring just around the corner, the first shoots of it are already available in stores. Asparagus, fresh, young and delectable brightens up any pasta lending it flavor and crunch. Paired with juicy seafood sausage and tossed in the oil from the garlic confit, it is a burst of flavors in your mouth!
Garlic and Thyme Confit(adapted from Food & Wine)
Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 50 min
Total time: 60 min
Yield: 3/4 cup
2 heads garlic
3/4 cup Olive Oil
2 T fresh Thyme leaves
1 tsp salt
Combine all the ingredients in a oven safe dish and bake at 300 F for 50 minutes until the garlic is browned and completely soft yet holding shape. Let cool to room temperature and store in an airtight container.
Tagliatelle with Seafood Sausage, Asparagus & Garlic Confit
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
1/3 pound of fresh tagliatelle (Trissa has a great tutorial for making fresh pasta)
6 spears of young asparagus
2 seafood sausages
2 T of oil from garlic confit + 4-5 cloves from the confit
1 sprig of thyme, stripped
salt and pepper as needed
Bring a pot of water to boil. Drop the sausages in and cook for 8-10 minutes. Remove and reserve until serving time. Salt the same water generously and drop the pasta. Fresh pasta is ready when it rises to the top in about 2-3 minutes. Do not overcook, it becomes mushy.
Drain the pasta but reserve the water. And the asparagus and blanch for a minute. Remove and slice on the bias. Meanwhile heat the oil from the garlic confit in a pan along with the fresh thyme. Add the asparagus and saute for a minute. Add the cooked pasta and toss gently.
Divide the pasta into bowls, slice and arrange the sausage, sprinkle some of the garlic and garnish with parmesan. Serve with more confit on the side.