Feb 21, 2013

How to Roast Garlic (and what to do with it!)


Roasted garlic is one of those things that takes a little bit of trouble, but when you get through you think, "why haven't I done this before?" or "why don't I do this more often?". It's so worth it.

Roasted garlic adds a level of deep flavor you just can't get any other way. Roasting takes the harsh edge off of fresh garlic, and makes it flavorful, mellow and sweet. I made a fresh batch over the weekend, and thought I'd share it with you. 'Cause if you're going to have garlic at this level, everyone's got to have some. Just in self-defense, if nothing else. ;)

1. Preheat oven to 425 dgrees. Slice the tops off of a head of garlic, then drizzle the cut edges lightly with olive oil.


2. Wrap heads well in foil. I make packets and fold all the edges over a couple of times. Put one or two heads per packet. If they're too crowded up, they won't roast as evenly.


3. You can place the packets on a cookie sheet or just right on the oven racks.


4. Bake for 45 minutes. Remove from oven and leave in foil until cool. Unwrap, and squeeze garlic (now a wonderful, golden paste) into a container. Discard skins.



Just wrap in foil and bake!

A few uses for roasted garlic:
  • Stir into softened butter for the best garlic butter you've ever had
  • Mix into olive oil for incredible dipping sauce or to drizzle over pasta
  • Add to soups, stocks, and beans
  • Spread thinly on slices of french baguette and bake for wonderful crostini
  • Add to spaghetti sauce
  • Stir into guacamole
  • Add to bread or biscuit doughs for garlic bread
  • Mix into ground beef for garlic hamburgers
  • Make Roasted Garlic Potato Soup

Rich, roasted garlic


Since it's milder, you can use quite a bit more roasted garlic than raw. It keeps well in the fridge, too, so don't be afraid to roast several heads at a time. 



Store in the fridge in a very tightly sealed container- I recommend a screw top jar.



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19 comments:

  1. I have tried roasting in the past and it was a complete failure! Thanks to you I am inspired again! Can't wait to try it. Great to see you at FFF party!

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  2. I hope you have better luck this time! :) Thanks for the visit- always love linking up at FFF!

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  3. Hi Joy,
    This is a great tutorial for Roasting Garlic, I can almost smell it roasting, awesome! Hope you have a fabulous week and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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    1. Thank you, Miz Helen! In always enjoy Full Plate Thursday! :)

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  4. Mmmmm. I love garlic and finding all ways I can eat it. Thanks for sharing with us over at Real Housemoms.

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    1. Thanks, Aubrey! Real Housemoms is always a fun place to be! :)

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  5. Thanks for the awesome how-to! I had no idea how to do that. YAY, I learned something new today. :)
    Thank you so much for sharing at A Bouquet of Talent this week. So thrilled to have you share with us. Have a wonderful weekend.
    Hugs
    Kathy

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    1. Oh, thank you, Kathy- and thanks for coming by! I always enjoy A Bouquet of Talent! :)

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  6. Can't wait to try it, how long is it safe in the fridge?

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  7. Can't wait to try this. Do you know how long the garlic keeps in the refrigerator?

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    1. I have kept it for 3 or 4 weeks with no problem...I don't know what food safety experts would say, but that has been my experience! :) Thank you for coming by!

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  8. I want to try this - I had a garlic bread in a restaurant that had chunks of real garlic on it - this gives me the go ahead to try it!!! I'm pinning this!!

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    1. Jill, I hope you enjoy it- it's so mild, you really can enjoy it on bread! Thank you so much for stopping by! :)

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  9. Love, love, love roasted garlic! Like you mentioned, it can go in so many things. Thanks for sharing on Hearth & Soul Hop. :)

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    1. Thank you, Judy! I love Hearth and Soul! :)

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  10. I have roasted garlic a few times and you are so right! It is so delicious this way. Thank you for your idea to store it. I always just try to use it right away! I have plenty of those jars that I will use. I'm going to share your post on my Walking on Sunshine FB page today. Thank you for joining Foodie Friends Friday!

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    1. Lois, thank you so much, and thank you for hosting FFF! With all the yummy Italian food you make, I know you use a lot of garlic! :) Thank you so much for sharing on FB!

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  11. I love roasted garlic! Thank you for the great tips! Perfect share for Foodie Friends Friday!

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    1. Thank you, and thanks for coming by! Love FFF! :)

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