Garlic-lemon Sauce |Toum

Adding a handful of spices to a pot of sauce can be cause to say “Bam.”

Or so I’ve heard.

But how about making sauce with an entire head garlic?

Raw garlic?

Raw garlic with nothing but a heap of lemon juice and olive oil to thin it out? They do it in Lebanon. And it’s fabulous.

Just one thing …

No one will ever kiss you again. Except your mother.

Bam!

NOTE: Use sparingly. Especially on hot days, when your pores are likely to sweat out the scent of this intense pasta sauce.

Makes 1/2 cup

Ingredients:

The cloves from 1 head garlic
1/3 cup olive oil
1/4 cup lemon juice (about 1 lemon, juiced)
1 tsp salt

Serve over Maakroun, Mountain Gnocchi

Method:

First, you have to get the garlic started. You can crush it with a garlic crusher, or chop, chop, chop it, or pound it with some salt with a mortar and pestle.

In fact, if you’re really good, you can make this entire sauce in a mortar and pestle. I’m not though…

Once you have a rough paste formed…
Add to a small processor with olive oil and lemon juice.

Puree until perfectly smooth.Serve on top of pasta,such as this batch of Lebanese Maakroun.

Now, go lock yourself in a castle and enjoy your garlic breath!

It’s worth it.

Moussa’s castle near Beiteddine, Lebanon. Photo by Peripitus.

Have a happy day!

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Raw garlic with nothing but a heap of lemon juice and olive oil to thin it out? They do it in Lebanon. And it's fabulous.Garlic-lemon Sauce |Toum
Servings
1/2cup
Servings
1/2cup
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Remove the garlic cloves from the head. Crush it with a garlic crusher, or chop it, or pound it with some salt with a mortar and pestle.
  2. Add garlic to a small processor with olive oil and lemon juice. Puree until perfectly smooth.
  3. Serve on top of pasta.
Source:

Recipe Copyright Sasha Martin, Global Table Adventure. For personal or educational use only. This recipe and hundreds more from around the world may be found at www.GlobalTableAdventure.com.

11 Comments

  1. aunty eileen says

    yum… looks delicious and I am also now thinking could make a nice
    marinade for small chicken legs. yum yum… always nice to have
    already cooked chicken legs in frig for a little cold snack…
    Could use less garlic and I would put pepper also for the chicken marinade.

  2. Celeste says

    Yesssssss! It sounds GREAT!!! one of the advantages of being single…who cares what my breath smells like? ;-) There’s always Listerine anyway.

  3. Kathleen says

    My favorite Lebanese restaurant serves this sauce over stuffed grape leaves. It’s so worth the garlic breath.

    • Sasha Martin says

      Oh, that sounds delicious. Stuffed grape leaves are one of my favorite recipes. I could eat a whole batch by myself.

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  5. Ricardo Ramirez Saad says

    Hi. WOW this is amazing!! It actually exists!!! My extended family mothers side is from Lebanon, where? no idea! But recipes have lived on in my family like this one of Maakroun. I really never enjoyed it because they were making it with only Garlic and Olive Oil. The taste was too strong and the smell !!! After long research of the beloved dish by my family I found your post, its exactly how our great grand father made it, except they always skip the Lemon. I have emailed the toum recipe to all my relatives I’m pretty sure its going to be a hit.

    In the Saad family Maakroun is an excuse to gather everyone to make little “mountain Gnocchi’s” as you called it. Normally when its raining or some family event maakroun always available.

    Thanks for the post, know I have to excuse myself with most of my relatives because I said this dish doesn’t exist. It was an invention of our grandparents in time of crisis.

    Later.

    • Jessica Bennett says

      I love stories like this. Thank you for sharing about your search for this recipe.

    • Sasha Martin says

      How awesome, Ricardo. I really enjoyed reading your story as well. The taste and smell is definitely strong, but I love it, personally :) Cheers and kind regards to your family.

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