25 garlic cloves (about one cup), peeled and thinly sliced
½ – 1 teaspoon hot pepper flakes
Coarse salt, to taste
Heat oil in a large sauté pan over medium-low heat.
Add one or two pieces of garlic to the oil to test its temperature – a few bubbles should rise to the surface, but it shouldn’t make a lot of noise nor brown the garlic – if this happens, your oil is too hot and you need to turn the temperature down and wait a few minutes before trying again. (Note: if you add the garlic to oil that’s too hot, it will burn and taste bitter and you’ll have to start over from scratch!)
When the oil is at the correct temperature, add the garlic and stir for about a minute.
Add the hot pepper flakes and stir to combine.
Turn the heat to low and let simmer for about 20-25 minutes, stirring occasionally. The oil should taste of garlic and the garlic should be soft and sweet tasting when ready.