How many times I have come across recipes that use these flavoured olive oils..(lemon infused, chilly infused, garlic infused & herb infused garlic oils etc…..) and they all sounded so exotic and delicious J that I decided to take a trip to our nearest supermarket to get some of these for myself (not that I need any excuse to shop for food ingredients J I am almost have an OCD when it comes to food shopping) but to my utter disappointment most of these herbed oils available were exorbitantly priced….about a 1000 rupees for a tiny bottle.. now that’s too much!! That’s when I decided to try making my own herb infused oil and happy to report the result to was superb!!! J It was easy to choose garlic as the base for my flavoured oil as I absolutely love garlic and garlic and olive oil together is a brilliant combination J
2 cups extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp chilli flakes (I realised I had run out of chilli flakes only after I had started making my oil so I used whole dried chillies instead
15-20 cloves 0f chopped garlic
A few sprigs of Thyme and rosemary
· Simply add everything together and bring the oil to a simmer (the oil will simmer because of the moisture trapped in the garlic) and keep it on a low flame for about 4 mins. Once it cools down, transfer in a bottle and refrigerate.
· The oil will keep good for about a week.
The oil can be used in loads of recipes.. the first I can think of is with tossed pasta J