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How To Roast Garlic

How To Roast Garlic

Roasted garlic is fantastic in so many recipes. Today I’m sharing how to roast garlic in the oven, either as a whole head, or individual cloves!

Have you ever roasted garlic yourself? It’s absolutely delicious, and can be used in so many recipes that call for raw garlic.

We love garlic here, and have no problem with raw garlic. But if raw garlic isn’t your thing, roasted garlic is the way to go. Then you can still enjoy the flavour of garlic.

How to roast garlic

Roasting garlic mellows its flavour. Instead of the sharp bite that raw garlic has, roasted garlic has a smooth, mellow taste.

It’s absolutely fantastic in so many things. Our favourite way to use it is in roasted garlic butter (recipe coming soon!) either spread on warm bread or on garlic toast.

If you’ve never tried making it, you need to. Read on to learn how to roast garlic so you can use it in all sorts of recipes!

Roast Garlic

How to roast garlic:

It is so simple to roast a whole head of garlic. Simply slice off the top quarter inch or so of the head of garlic (not the root end, the pointy end) to expose the cloves. Drizzle about 2 teaspoons of olive oil on top and sprinkle with salt (sometimes I add some pepper too). Wrap the head tightly in aluminum foil and roast at 375 degrees F for 40-45 minutes, or until the garlic is tender.

Do you peel garlic before roasting?

No, you don’t peel garlic before roasting it. Roast the garlic right in the skin and after it cools down it comes out of the skin very easily.

Heads of garlic

How do you roast individual garlic cloves?

You can also roast individual garlic cloves instead of a whole head of garlic. Simply break the head of garlic apart into individual cloves, while leaving the skin on each of them. Spread the cloves out on a baking sheet and toss them with a tablespoon of olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and roast at 375 degrees F for 20-30 minutes, or until they are tender.

How long can you keep roasted garlic in the refrigerator?

Roasted garlic keeps in a sealed container in the refrigerator for about one week. If you want to freeze it to use later, freeze the cloves individually on a baking sheet, and then store them in a sealed container or plastic bag after they’re frozen. You can also mash the roasted garlic and freeze it in teaspoon or tablespoon portions for later use.

Roasted Garlic

Here are a few ways to use roasted garlic:

  • Whip the garlic with some butter to use on garlic toast.
  • You can actually spread soft roasted garlic straight onto bread (or these dinner rolls) in place of butter (although I prefer it mixed with some butter, my husband loves it like this).
  • Mix it with mashed potatoes for amazing roasted garlic mashed potatoes.
  • Use it in hummus in place of raw garlic for a milder flavour.
  • Combine roasted garlic with mayo for a great sandwich spread.
  • Saute chopped roasted garlic with vegetables and some olive oil for an easy and delicious side dish.
  • Use roasted garlic instead of raw garlic in this spinach pesto for a milder flavour.
  • Use roasted garlic in any recipe that calls for raw garlic for a milder flavour – such as salsas, dips, sauces, etc.
How to roast garlic cloves
Yield: Makes one head of roasted garlic

How To Roast Garlic

How to roast garlic

Roasted garlic is fantastic in so many recipes. Today I'm sharing how to roast garlic in the oven, either as a whole head, or individual cloves!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 head of garlic
  • 2-3 teaspoons olive oil
  • dash of salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

For a whole head of roasted garlic:

  1. Slice off the top 1/4" or so of the head of garlic (leaving the cloves all connected by the root end and the skin) to expose the cloves inside. Place the head of garlic on a piece of aluminum foil and drizzle the cloves with 2 teaspoons of olive oil, letting the oil sink into the head of garlic between the cloves. Sprinkle with a bit of salt and wrap the head of garlic tightly in the foil.
  2. Place in the oven and roast for 40-45 minutes, or until the cloves are tender. Allow the garlic to cool until you can touch it, then squeeze the cloves out of the skin and use them in whatever recipe you like.
  3. You can also refrigerate the whole head in a sealed container for up to one week, or freeze either as individual cloves or pureed and portioned out into teaspoon or tablespoon amounts.

For individual cloves of roasted garlic:

  1. Break the head of garlic apart into individual cloves, but leave the skin on each of them. Spread them on a baking sheet and toss them with 3 teaspoons of olive oil so they are coated. Sprinkle with salt and roast for 20-30 minutes, or until they are tender. Allow to cool and then use in any recipe you like.
  2. You can also refrigerate the whole head in a sealed container for up to one week, or freeze either as individual cloves or pureed and portioned out into teaspoon or tablespoon amounts.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

1

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 285Total Fat: 28.2gSaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 5mgCarbohydrates: 9.9gFiber: 0.6gSugar: 0.3gProtein: 1.9g

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