How To: Roasted Garlic

Have you ever wondered how to get the creamy, luscious roasted garlic you see all over the place but never knew how to make it? Did you just stumble upon this little nugget of information because you love all things garlicy and delicious? Are you my Mother and you’re reading this because I’m forcing you to? Well, have no fear for I will excite all of your cravings for knowledge here! Mwah hah ahhhh Roll that beautiful garlic footage:

roasted garlic

Eat a few cloves of this and you’ll be able to fight off any of those pesky Cullens! Or…don’t if that’s your kinda thing.

This is so simple you will be ashamed of yourself for not trying it sooner. It adds so much depth of flavor to tons of different recipes! All you will need is:

1 ea               head of garlic

1 Tbls            olive oil

salt and pepper to taste

Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees. Cut off the top 1/4th of the garlic head exposing as many of the cloves as you can. Save any of the garlic that is left in the top portion and use in other recipes. Get a piece of foil that will be big enough to wrap around the entire head of garlic. Place this in the center of the foil and gather the edges of the foil around it so it makes a bowl. Add the olive oil on top of the exposed garlic and add some salt and pepper to taste as well.

garlic Prep

Gather all the edges of the foil and scrunch tightly together.

garlic prep

Place this bundle directly on rack in oven. Set time to 30 minutes. After the 30 minutes is over open the pouch and test the garlic with a fork to see if it is soft. Be extremely careful the garlic will be hot but the foil cools very fast so you will be able to handle it quickly. If the garlic is not done put it back in the oven for another 20 minutes and check again. Normally it takes 45 minutes to an hour for the garlic to cook. If you need longer just start checking every 10 minutes or so. Once it is fully cooked let the garlic cool on the counter for about an hour. You are now ready to extract the garlic. You can do this by squeezing the bulb and the garlic will ooze out like this. Or, how I do it is by individual clove so I’m sure I get every bit of that goodness out. Like so:

roasted garlic cloves

You can take these and spread on to bread or add to any number of dishes. When adding to dishes keep in mind that the garlic flavor has mellowed out a lot so you would need to add more roasted garlic than you would fresh raw garlic. Adding to dishes like Mashed Potatoes, Alfredo Sauce or used in a vinaigrette make sure you smash it all first with a fork.

smashed garlic

Well, I hope you enjoyed learning how to make your own roasted garlic. Please try this out and let me know how you like this. And have fun experimenting with all the dishes you can amp up the flavor with this delicious roasted garlic! Thanks for reading!

 

–Dana

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9 Comments at How To: Roasted Garlic

  1. Dana, it’s amazing how roasting garlic makes it so sweet and delish! You’ve reminded me I need to roast some for my next mashed potatoes 🙂

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