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Food! Question!

Who here has been to the Lebanese Taverna?

If you have, have you had their garlic sauce?

If you have had their garlic sauce, do you have any idea how they make it?

Because I need to mainline it into my face.

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kelowna
Jul. 24th, 2008 09:21 pm (UTC)
Yes.

Maybe?

No.

Ok.
snidegrrl
Jul. 24th, 2008 09:28 pm (UTC)
we have a winner. if you would like to know, return to see comments!
tzel
Jul. 24th, 2008 09:22 pm (UTC)
Um, I know how to make it. It's actually Lebanese mayonaise.

Lebanese Garlic Sauce Ingredients
4 Bulbs of garlic, peeled 1 ts Salt
1 c Lemon juice 3 c Puritan oil (up to 4)

Instructions for Lebanese Garlic Sauce
Put in blender (NOT a food processor) and blend until smooth on medium. Add in an extremely slow stream, 3 to 4 cups of Puritan oil. Blend constantly on about medium. It should become like a thick white mayonnaise consistency. Store in refrigerator in a glass container. Serve with meats, as a seasoning in salad dressings or on pocket bread sandwiches. This is a tricky recipe. Sometimes it "breaks". That is, it stays thin instead of the mayonnaise consistency. The flavors remain the same. If it separates in storage, just stir or blend again.
snidegrrl
Jul. 24th, 2008 09:27 pm (UTC)
well then!

i had no idea. now everything i eat will be covered in garlic sauce.
angela_la_la
Jul. 24th, 2008 10:05 pm (UTC)
Bulbs = heads, right, not cloves?

I went to a Lebanese place last month and ate this sauce until my mouth hurt.
rshackleford
Jul. 25th, 2008 01:55 am (UTC)
Holy moly it was delicious.

I would guess that it is only several/ten cloves, rather than heads. Garlic + oil would be pretty delicious potent delicious potent on their own.
tzel
Jul. 25th, 2008 08:37 pm (UTC)
Well, yes, that's why it's so addictive. But no, really, it's heads.
tzel
Jul. 25th, 2008 08:39 pm (UTC)
Yes, bulbs=heads. I do have another recipe that calls for 3 heads but I like the 4 heads.
squeegibo
Jul. 25th, 2008 12:18 pm (UTC)
The fussy gourmet would point out that mayo is better made by hand with a whisk. The blender will "bruise" it. Of course, I've never made mayonnaise, so I don't know how much that really matters.
squeegibo
Jul. 25th, 2008 12:56 pm (UTC)
Though now that I think about it, I believe the problem with mayo in the blender is it bangs up the egg proteins. Since there's no egg in this it's probably OK.

If I were to try to make this mayo by hand I'd probably start with an egg.
snidegrrl
Jul. 25th, 2008 02:00 pm (UTC)
You are confusing me with your food science!
tzel
Jul. 25th, 2008 08:51 pm (UTC)
Well, to do this in the old fashioned manner you would grind up the garlic with a mortar and pestle to make a paste then slowly whisk in the oil. I'm old and have arthritis so into the blender it goes!
p_sunshine
Jul. 25th, 2008 06:59 pm (UTC)
What's Puritan oil?
tzel
Jul. 25th, 2008 08:41 pm (UTC)
Canola oil
p_sunshine
Jul. 25th, 2008 08:46 pm (UTC)
That's not half as exciting as I thought it would be.
ashoemaker
Jul. 25th, 2008 02:36 am (UTC)
Yum! I've never been been to one, but I checked out the menu online and it sounds delicious. I'll have to visit the one in Tysons Galleria the next time I'm up in the area for work.
snidegrrl
Jul. 25th, 2008 01:59 pm (UTC)
OK... but if you come to Silver Spring you should eat at one with us! I know, I know, it is much further than Tysons. :)
ashoemaker
Jul. 25th, 2008 02:05 pm (UTC)
Definitely! I just mentioned Tysons as it's about walking distance to our company business offices and they often ask me where I want to eat for dinner when I'm up for meetings (particularly as I'm the weird vegetarian). But yeah, we definitely need to get time to get around and actually visit people we know up in the area -- it's so close and yet so far. :)
snidegrrl
Jul. 25th, 2008 02:38 pm (UTC)
Hey, it's not like I've made the trek to Blacksburg in a thousand years! No guilt necessary. If you made it up to see us we'd almost be required to take you to Abol, the ethiopian place with the great vegetarian platter. And I would be so excited to take you to Great Sage someday. :) While I am not a vegetarian, I am working very hard on appreciating more vegetarian dishes.
professorbooty
Jul. 25th, 2008 03:50 am (UTC)
...
Lebanese Taverna Market is basically across the street from my apartment.  I can probably buy it by the pound -- as I do with their hummus.
snidegrrl
Jul. 25th, 2008 02:00 pm (UTC)
Re: ...
Fortunately, after they had finished with the meetings here at work, the giant tub of it was unclaimed... so I took it home. NOM
panicsyndrome
Jul. 25th, 2008 04:31 am (UTC)
yes, yes, and no. but I agree the garlic sauce is very tasty.
scrump
Jul. 26th, 2008 02:33 am (UTC)
ZOMG LESBIAN TAVERNA + GARLIC SAUCE == HOTTTTTTTTTT

all you fuckers with your being 3000 miles away and having lesbian taverna.

I'm only bitter on the outside.
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