The food of Tomasa Meléndez Hernández (of Las Brisas del Mar restaurant) is full of marvelous, intricate flavors. One of her secret weapons is this aromatic mellow garlic paste, which she adds to dishes shortly before serving. A stronger version of the paste, made with garlic and olive oil, is used in the same way in specialties from the Spanish province of Catalonia and from the Levant.
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1/2 cup peeled garlic cloves (about 2 heads)
1/2 cup cold water
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
How to Make It
In a food processor or blender, puree the garlic cloves with the water. In a small saucepan, melt the butter over moderate heat. Add the garlic puree and cook until the water has evaporated and small holes form on the surface of the puree.
The garlic puree can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.