As I mentioned the other week, the Boston Wine Expo sn’t just about wine. There are many tasty snacks and sweets to sample, which makes the expo a well-rounded culinary delight.
On day two of our visit to the expo we discovered several wonderful, new-to-us foods. The first was a decadent sweet, Wheeler’s Black Label Sorbets. The second was a wonderful balance to this treat, Saratoga Garlic. As their name suggests, this company sells pickled garlic and a line of aiolis.
Saratoga Garlic was formed fifteen years ago in Saratoga Springs, New York, at Homestead View Farm, which is a certified organic grower. All of the garlic for their products still is grown there.
The first product introduced by this company was the Lemon Dill Pickled Garlic. With a satisfying crunch and a zesty flavor, it would make a wonderful part of an antipasto platter or a delicious garnish for a martini.
Saratoga Garlic also has a line of aiolis, all of which were released at the same time. The five sauces are: Homestead Aioli (the original), Wasabi-Horseradish Aioli, Curry Aioli, Sambal Aioli and Saffron Aioli. I sampled the Homestead and Saffron aiolis and found both of them to be quite flavorful just served on top of a cracker. Of course, these aiolis would be a terrific addition to many dishes, such as topping roasted vegetables or used as a spread on a sandwich.
Saratoga Garlic is a growing company. They have plans to create new aioli recipes and a line of garlic-infused oils and vinegars. More tasty garlic treats loom in my future!