How to Roast Garlic

Garlic Safe 198sm

Use roasted garlic on crusty bread, garlic wasabi mashed potatoes, and homemade pizza the opportunities are nearly limitless. While you can purchase roasted garlic in a jar, Pioneer Dad has found the flavor of freshly roasted garlic superior to anything in a jar or can.

If you’re curious about roasting garlic: it is simple and can be done while you’re busy with other tasks in the kitchen.

To roast a head of garlic, just wrap it foil, roast it, bulb and all in the oven. Easy, right?

Roasted garlic gives provides a softer, mellow flavor that’s nutty, rich and slightly sweet. Not at all the intense flavor of raw garlic. Add a little butter and it can be enjoyed as a spread. Spread it directly on French bread or crackers for a flavor filled snack.

Roasted garlic is useful in a variety of different recipes: pretty much anything Italian, dips, or hummus and its perfect as an added ingredient to pasta sauces. Substitute roasted garlic for minced or chopped garlic in any recipe and you’ll prefer the flavor.

1. Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Use a sharp serrated knife to cut about a 1/2 inch off the top (pointy tip) of the garlic bulb, and peel off excess papery skin.Garlic Trimmed
  3. Place the garlic bulb in a small, ovenproof baking dish or bowl.
  4. Drizzle 1 Tbsp. of extra virgin olive oil on tip, and sprinkle with salt.
  5. Wrap the garlic up in aluminum foil and bake it in the oven for 30-35 minutes. It will be slightly browned and the cloves will be soft when squeezed.Garlic in Foil
  6. Remove from the oven and allow the garlic to cool slightly. Squeeze the garlic from the bottom of each outer bulb separating the meat from the skins. Then work your way into the center bulbs.Garlic Squeezed 207sm

2. Recipe ideas

Tomato basil sauce is the perfect sauce for roasted garlic.

Bon Appétit.

About Bill Washburn

The Pioneer Dad (aka Bill Washburn) is an expert gardener, carpenter and fine art painter who brings his gardening, home brewing and home improvement expertise to the web.


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