by Daisy Dao
Today we will talk about garlic sauce that you can make at home. This recipe has a Lebanese touch to it. Enjoy!
Toum needs four ingredients only – 1 pinch salt, juice of lemon, oil, and garlic. From these ingredients, you get a very rich creamy and bold sauce with a touch of Lebanon. Oh, there is also icy water – I forgot to say that as it is not an ingredient but you cannot avoid it. This Middle Eaneedauce will also need a food processing unit. Well, if you know how to make mayonnaise then this sauce will not be a problem for you. If you want to use a whisk, you can but a food processor will take less time and physical labor. You can make this in large quantities and store them for future use. It is really tasty.
I personally believe that when you are eating BBQ or grilled meat with bread, side dishes like sauces will take your taste buds to the next level of happiness and fulfillment. If you have experienced Lebanese food culture, then you may already know about hummus, tzatziki, tahini, and baba ghanoush. They are rich in flavor and make your main dish super delicious. You cannot just have enough of them!
But today’s writing is only for Toum! I should not get carried away! I should be focused! Yes, as I was saying – if you can master this recipe, you will see that there are so many ways to put this sauce to good use! We pronounce Toum as Toom – it is in Arabic and its meaning is ‘garlic’. My first experience with Toum was with a local Lebanese food shop. I ordered grilled chicken and bread. They gave this as a sauce. Oh boy! What a taste! Soon, I wanted another serving of this sauce and the owner was happy that I liked it. He explained that it was garlic. He explained in short how he made it. From then on, I would always order ‘Toum’ with grilled food items. Then I had to get creative in my own kitchen to prepare my own TOUM!
There are various garlic sauce recipes and many of them use mayonnaise. But Toum is completely vegan. As it is vegan, it tastes even more delicious. Although we do not use eggs, the final result of this recipe is a creamy, bold, and rich-in-flavor garlic sauce. We will use only five ingredients. All-natural! So, let us take a look, shall we?
Take large garlic cloves – about 12, one teaspoon of salt – kosher, 1 ¾ cups of extra virgin olive oilis the love of my life, so I will use that here, juice of one fresh lemon, and icy water (helps with emulsification).
The traditional way of making Toum is to use a pestle and a mortar. Although there is a kind of thrill in going back in time or using a different element from a different culture, in modern time we can also use a food processor that can handle this slow paste mixing process. The main trick is to keep mixing the garlic while you drip the olive oil in and occasionally drizzle icy water. The dripping of oil has to be very slow indeed. If you have experience in making mayonnaise, you will understand what exactly I am talking about. The slow emulsification of the sauce requires this slow drop of oil. Thankfully, you will not have to use a whisk if you have a food processor. Otherwise, you will be in for serious pain in your forearm. I remember my old days when I was learning to make mayonnaise in my Chef course. It was seriously a real pain in the hand to whisk a mayonnaise sauce.
Now, let take look at how to make garlic sauce at home:
This garlic sauce or Toum goes really well with grilled meat and bread. Once you have the flavor of it, you will be madly in love with this. So, get the ingredients ready and be creative in the kitchen on the weekends, and amaze your family and friends with this amazing sauce.
About Daisy Dao
Daisy grew up on the beautiful Honolulu island where she often found herself spending most of her day enjoying the ocean scent in sea waves. As such, Daisy came to appreciate the art of cooking seafood. She has experimented with baking, roasting, broiling, poaching, grilling (and every other cooking technique you can think of); and with all kinds of spices too. Now she is ready to present her experience: the art of cooking healthy food without any pre-packaged ingredients; food product recommendations for people who need a bit more guidance on what goes into their bodies; how to maintain an active lifestyle without having to give up your favorite foods!