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lildreamer316 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-24-08 07:04 PM
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How many cloves are typically in one head of garlic?
I think I want to be very, very brave and attempt to make this recipe:

40 Cloves and a Chicken Recipe courtesy Alton Brown
Show: Good Eats
Episode: In The Bulb of the Night (Garlic)

1 whole chicken (broiler/fryer) cut into 8 pieces
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons olive oil
10 sprigs fresh thyme
40 peeled cloves garlic
Salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Season chicken with salt and pepper. Toss with a 2 tablespoons olive oil and brown on both sides in a wide fry pan or skillet over high heat. Remove from heat, add oil, thyme, and garlic cloves. Cover and bake for 1 1/2 hours.

Remove chicken from the oven, let rest for 5 to 10 minutes, carve, and serve.

--bur I need to know approx. how many heads of garlic to purchase. Any ideas?

I think I may have a garlic addiction.



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PeaceNikki Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-24-08 07:10 PM
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1. A head or bulb of garlic usually contains about 10 cloves
Sounds yummy.

I, too, have a garlic fetish.

Enjoy!!
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Pale Blue Dot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-24-08 07:11 PM
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2. Buy about 10 heads
That should give you plenty. You'll be surprised at how much of the pungent garlic flavor gets cooked away. Have you ever had roasted garlic before?

Oh, and let me know what time the wife and I should be over for dinner. :9

Garlic addiction is a GOOD thing. :D
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La Lioness Priyanka Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-24-08 07:12 PM
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3. mark bittman has a great recipe for this chicken and i use 2 heads of garlic
but mine is more of a stew than a baked chiken recipe
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bicentennial_baby Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-24-08 07:12 PM
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4. I'd say about 10-12...varying in size
I want to make that too, I just haven't gotten around to it! :D
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hippywife Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-24-08 07:13 PM
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5. That isn't a bad recipe but
it's been around waaaaay longer than Alton Brown. I think each head has about 8-10 cloves. Enjoy your meal! :hi:
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mopinko Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-24-08 07:16 PM
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7. i think there are no new recipes.
that's why you can't copyright them.
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hippywife Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-24-08 07:18 PM
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8. True, mo
but that one's been around the block several times and it looks like he didn't even give it a tweaking.

How's your ham? ;)
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mopinko Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-24-08 07:35 PM
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9. i think next time we'll get them
cut into steaks instead. just have a big ass breakfast and take a long walk. they are great pigs, tho. nice and lean, and not from a giant factory.
and yeah, i think i first saw this in a james beard cookbook over 25 years ago. i think he admitted it was older than he was.
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mopinko Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-24-08 07:14 PM
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6. i love that recipe.
make sure you have some nice crusty bread to spread the garlic on.
i would say 2 heads.
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Sanity Claws Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-24-08 07:39 PM
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10. My guess is three at the most
I just looked at a whole head and counted 10 cloves on the outside. Inside there must be at least 5, if not ten more cloves. So my best guess is that each head has 15 to 20 cloves, meaning you probably only need two but get three just in case.
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DarkTirade Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-24-08 08:14 PM
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11. Enough to ward off your average vampire.
But if you're dealing with more than one you might need a backup clove or two.
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Gormy Cuss Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-24-08 08:45 PM
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12. Don't worry about it.
Edited on Thu Jan-24-08 08:48 PM by Gormy Cuss
Garlic mellows out when roasted in whole cloves.

on edit: # cloves depends on the type of garlic, but I've always assumed that this recipe is for the more cloves to the bulb varieties, those of the smaller bulb size.

-Gormy, home garlic grower and consumer of massive quantities of the stinking rose.

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LostinVA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-24-08 08:48 PM
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13. I think there's probably about 10 cloves
Edited on Thu Jan-24-08 08:48 PM by LostinVA
We cook with garlic all the time, but I never counted.
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