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When a Recipe Calls for One Garlic Clove, How Big Should It Be?

This quick weeknight dinner features canned beans doctored up with garlic and more.
By Published May 6, 2019

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When one of our recipes calls for a garlic clove, it means a medium garlic clove. The clove should be about 1¼ inches long, ¾ inch wide, and ½ inch thick. It should yield 1 teaspoon of minced garlic.

I know what you’re thinking: “Are you serious right now? I have to break out a ruler before I mince my garlic?”

Don’t worry. I know we’re famous for being absurdly exacting sometimes, but the point here is a tasty dinner without any guesswork. A medium garlic clove is about the size of a Jordan almond. There.

Then again, if you’re anything like me, you’ll add more garlic than this recipe calls for anyway. Another clove or two won’t affect the cooking here, just the flavor, adding more of the allium’s beautiful savory pungency.