Garlic is a guaranteed crowd-pleasing flavour. No one can resist a hot, buttery slice of garlic bread paired with a chicken roasted to perfection or a bowl piled high with pasta. Turn a humble bulb into a simple lunch or extra-special dinner party dish in a flash. A whiff of that distinctive garlic smell wafting from the kitchen is enough to make anyone's mouth water.


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Garlic bread

This classic garlic bread is made for mopping up juices and sauces – you’re guaranteed clean plates every time.

Two golden baked garlic bread baguettes cut into slices and topped with chopped herbs on a black platter with a breadknife

Tear-and-share garlic bread

This garlic bread loaf is likely to disappear as soon as it hits the table. Our recipe for the best-ever tear-and-share garlic bread not only looks fantastic, but is packed with mozzarella and parmesan as well as the melted garlic butter. It'll be your new favourite family-friendly side dish.

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Garlic and rosemary roasties

Thought roast potatoes couldn’t get any better? After you add butter for extra crunch and a whole bulb of garlic, you’ll never go back. This golden brown bowl of deliciousness is almost better than the main event itself, and is a surefire Sunday dinner staple.

Garlic and rosemary roasties

Garlic and cumin butter prawns

Make the most of juicy king prawns by slathering in this buttery, garlicky sauce – a light, punchy dinner idea that's ready in 20 minutes. This light, summery dish requires just a handful of ingredients to make. Serve with chunks of crusty bread to catch all of the garlicky goodness.

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Confit garlic with roasted tomatoes on toast

Take some inspiration from the Med for your morning meal. Breakfasts in Spain often consist of 'pan con tomate', or toast slathered with tomato and garlic purée. Our deconstructed version also makes a delicious dinner party starter.

Roasted Cherry Tomatoes on Toast with Garlic Confit

Easy garlic and herb soft cheese roast chicken

Putting a thick layer of homemade herb and garlic soft cheese under the skin will keep chicken breasts succulent and juicy. Don't forget to slather some on top to give the skin a beautiful finish. Serve with fresh, seasonal veg for an easy, super-satisfying meal.

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Garlic butter gnocchi with purple sprouting broccoli

This flavour-packed garlic gnocchi dish with cheesy sauce and crispy charred broccoli looks so impressive that no one will guess it only took 30 minutes to make. This midweek bowl has it all: a subtle warmth from the chilli and mustard, punchy parmesan and zesty lemon to cut through the richness of the dish.

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Pasta with kale, garlic and chilli

This healthy, quick vegetarian meal is made using just five ingredients and is ready in 15 minutes, making it the perfect midweek meal. Garlic and chilli are a flavour match made in heaven, great for pairing with crunchy, earthy kale.

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Roast leg of lamb with anchovy, garlic and rosemary

A punchy anchovy, garlic and herby rosemary rub takes this roast joint to the next level, and yields a deliciously buttery sauce to serve it with. The aromatic rosemary, salty anchovies and mellow, slightly sweet garlic brings out the best in a simple leg of lamb.

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Garlic chilli clams on sourdough toast

Check out our easy low-calorie garlic chilli clams with crunchy sourdough toast. This is ready in just 15 minutes and contains only 401 calories. Perfect for an impressive weekend lunch.

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Cheesy garlic dough balls

Give our tear-and-share, gooey, cheese-filled garlic dough balls a go at home with step-by-step help from the olive test kitchen. They'd make a great starter for the kids or something to kick off a laidback dinner party.

Cheesy Garlic Dough Balls Recipe

Halloumi and garlic-stuffed mushrooms

Try our easy halloumi and garlic stuffed mushrooms for a cheesy, gluten-free triumph. This vegetarian recipe makes for a moreish midweek meal for two. Layer up chunky umami mushrooms topped with golden brown slices of cheese and sweet red peppers.

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Lemon and garlic trout parcels with asparagus

Turn a fillet of fish into an elegant meal for one with lemon and garlic butter and seasonal asparagus spears. We've got your midweek dinner all wrapped up with this easy fish parcel.

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