Toum

Think of toum as an ancient Arabic version of aioli, minus the eggs and with a much stronger garlic punch. Just two ingredients, garlic and grapeseed oil, create the smooth emulsion here. This recipe comes from Maydan in Washington, D.C., where a variety of dips are served platter-style with flatbread and whole roasted chicken. Slideshow: More Garlic Recipes 

Toum
Think of toum as an ancient Arabic version of aioli, minus the eggs and with a much stronger garlic punch. Just two ingredients, garlic and grapeseed oil, create the smooth emulsion here. This recipe from Maydan has a variety of dips served platter-style with flatbread and whole roasted chicken. Photo: Cedric Angeles
Total Time:
5 mins
Yield:
about 1 1/2 cups

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup garlic cloves (about 20 cloves)

  • 2 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt

  • 1 1/4 cups grapeseed oil, divided

  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, divided

Directions

  1. Combine garlic and salt in a food processor. Process until very finely chopped, about 10 seconds, stopping to scrape down sides of bowl as necessary. With processor running, drizzle in 5 tablespoons oil, and process until blended. Add 1 tablespoon lemon juice, and process until well combined, about 30 seconds, stopping to scrape down sides as necessary. With processor running, slowly drizzle in remaining oil in a thin stream, and process until fully blended. Add remaining 1 tablespoon lemon juice; pulse to combine. Cover and chill until ready to serve, up to 1 day.

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