How to Roast Garlic

by Pamela

How to Roast Garlic

Roast garlic is one of life’s great flavors and it couldn’t be easier to make. Four ingredients and 45 minutes and you’ve got a flavor bomb for your next meal.

Roast garlic is one of those simple things that adds so much flavor to dishes that you can’t believe something so easy to make can taste that good. If you aren’t keeping a jar of this stuff around in your fridge at all times, you’re life is nowhere near complete. Seriously…roasted garlic cloves are one of those things that can really up even the most mundane of dishes. Oh, and it’s also a bit of a life saver when you have no idea what to make for an appetizer (smashed roast garlic on a piece of toasted baguette) or dinner.

You can add them to a meat marinade to help bring out the sweetness in the meat. Toss a few of  the roasted cloves into a jar of olive oil and balsamic vinegar, shake and drizzle over a salad for a deliciously easy dressing. But my favorite way to enjoy these little globs of sweetness is to toss them into a big bowl of hot fettuccine noodles with a bit of sea salt and Parmesan cheese. Of course it’s best if everyone present is eating this dish, since you’re going to be smelling like garlic for a while.

How to Roast Garlic

Oven roasted garlic cloves are also kind of fun to play with. The way you get at them, once they’ve been roasted, is to just squeeze the papery bulb and out squishes all of the delicious. Yes, I’m only 4 years old and still like to play with my food.

It’s chilly outside, so why not fire up that oven and make yourself some roast garlic? Your dishes will taste so much better because of it.

How to Roast Garlic
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Roast garlic is one of life's great flavors and it couldn't be easier to make. Four ingredients and 45 minutes and you've got a flavor bomb for your next meal.
Recipe type: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Serves: 2
  • 2 large heads fresh garlic
  • olive oil
  • kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  1. Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees Farenheit.
  2. Slice off the top of the garlic so that all of the cloves are exposed.
  3. Place garlic head in a piece of heavy gauge foil (or a double layer of thinner foil).
  4. Drizzle about 1 tablespoon of oil, for each head, over top of the garlic cloves.
  5. Sprinkle a pinch of salt over the cut cloves.
  6. Give the garlic a few grinds of black pepper.
  7. Twist the foil up around the head of garlic so that it's completely closed.
  8. Place the wrapped garlic on the middle rack of oven and bake for 45 minutes.
  9. Remove from oven and let cool enough so that you can open the foil.
  10. Squeeze the garlic head to remove the roasted garlic cloves.
  11. Enjoy immediately or put into a covered container and store in the refrigerator for up to one week.
If you want to roast a bunch of heads of garlic at the same time you can place the heads in a pie pan or 8"x8" baking pan. Drizzle with oil, add the salt and pepper then cover the pan with foil. Bake for the same amount of time.


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