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Basics How-To: Roasting Garlic


If you already know how to roast garlic, then merrily skip on past this post of mine.

I use roasted garlic in so many recipes. So so many. If you’ve never roasted garlic, or you simply want step-by-step how-to instructions on roasting this marvelous member of the allium family, then read on, dear soon-to-be-enlightened reader!

Roasted garlic tastes quite different from fresh garlic. The cooking brings out a mellowed flavor, savory and almost buttery in texture. The taste is exquisite. I’m even guilty of eating it fresh from the oven, plain. Don’t judge. It’s amazing!

Something to know: fresh garlic like I show below is a bulb of garlic, also known as a head of garlic. Each individual part of the head is called a clove.

Something else to know: garlic has antibiotic and antifungal properties.

Here’s what you need for roasted garlic:

I used: olive oil & organic garlic.

Preheat the oven to 350. Peel off most of the outer white papery skin from the garlic. Kinda like this:

Then, with the head of garlic on its side, grasp it firmly and using a sharp knife, slice off the top of it. The tops of each clove should be exposed. Then, drizzle the tops with the olive oil, like this:

You can use a cute little terra cotta garlic baker, like I have…

20111204-173936.jpg…but a pie pan covered in foil would work just fine.
Bake at 350 for an hour.
When ready, you can handle the garlic a few ways. You can slice the outer skins and pop the cloves out, or you can just squeeze the roasted garlic out.

Now comes the fun part! You can add it to almost any dish. Pasta dishes, sauces, garlic bread, meat dishes, casseroles, added to oil for garlic-infused oils, or anything else that would benefit from a flavor kick.




7 responses »

  1. Nicely said, geg! Roasted garlic is such a unique flavor.

    As I was reading and looking at the photos you took, I wondered if I could make a ‘garlic preserves’. Or a ‘garlic jam’.

    I use roasted garlic in a certain pesto I concocted and it does mellow it out, as you said.
    (roasted garlic, sunflower oil, pecorino romano, toasted pine nuts or almond slivers, 65 fresh basil leaves and some crushed red pepper….it’s wonderful on chicken and penne rigate!)

    • I’m sure you could do anything with garlic! I love it. I snack on the roasted cloves though…I adore garlic.
      Garlic pesto? I’m pretty sure that’s nothing short of incredible. I will have to try it!
      Thanks for stopping by!:)

  2. Excellent step-by-step. Your photos are great. I love roasted garlic. Mmm, mmm.

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