I find that I use roasted garlic even more than I use raw garlic in my cooking. The sweetness and body that roasted garlic provides adds such body to any dish. It’s perfect for cooking, sauces, dressings… really anything. And it takes only a few simple steps to have it on the ready.
Let’s start with the ingredients and tools that you will need. You will need a whole head of garlic, olive oil and salt. That’s it! I usually roast a few heads at a time, but for this scenario, we will just use one. As for the tools you will need only a cutting board, sharp knife and some tin foil.
Start by chopping the top off of the head of garlic, exposing all the cloves, while still keeping the head together. Place the head on the center of the tin foil and drizzle generously with olive oil, and sprinkle with salt. I prefer to use the coarse sea salt, but your favorite salt will do. Wrap the head of garlic up in the tin foil so it’s completely covered and no oil leaks out.
Take the foil wrapped garlic, and place it in a 400 degree oven for about 20 minutes, or until the garlic is soft and is turning a light shade of brown. The time it takes to roast the garlic will depend on the size of the head. I used a smaller head of garlic for this, so it only took about 20 minutes. I would err on the side of more well done with this, as you want it to be nice and soft.
Once the roasted garlic is done, it will look brown, will pull away from, and can easily be squeezed out of the peel. You can store this in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
What do you use Roasted Garlic for?
My favorite thing to use roasted garlic for are probably dressings and sauces. It mashes easily, and gives you a garlic flavor with a slight sweetness, rather than the bite of raw garlic.
- Tin foil
- 1 Head garlic
- olive oil
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.Cut the top off of the head of garlic. Try to keep the cloves together.Drizzle generously with olive oil, and sprinkle with salt.Wrap in tin foil. Bake for about 20-30 minutes, depending on the size of the garlic head. Bake until soft.