Few things are as enticing as garlic, and today we’re talking all about roasting garlic because we solemnly swear that if you haven’t had roasted garlic at home and end up giving it a try, you’ll wonder why you haven’t been doing it your whole life. Let’s get started!
What Can I Even Do With Roasted Garlic?
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We’re glad you asked! Here are a few of our favorite ways to use roasted garlic cloves:
- Mix them into mashed potatoes to jazz up this side dish.
- Add roasted garlic to your soups.
- Add some to your steak.
- Mix into softened butter. (Then whip up some grilled cheese sandwiches!)
- Make a dip by mixing garlic with greek yogurt or sour cream.
- Mix some into your mac and cheese. (DROOL)
- Mix your garlic with oil and make a drizzle or dip for some hot, fresh, homemade bread.
- Make a robust herb and veggie flatbread.
- Rub it on bread. (Seriously, it’s that good!)
How to Make Roasted Garlic
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The process is actually super easy and the big bonus is that your entire home gets to smell like roasted garlic, so it’s a win-win all around.
What you’ll need:
- One or more whole heads of garlic
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Preheat your oven to 400 degrees
- Peel and toss only the papery outer layers of the whole garlic clove.
- Next, take a knife and cut off the very top ¼ – ½ inch from the top of the cloves.
- Place your garlic cloves either on a baking pan or in a muffin tin. We prefer muffin tins to keep the garlic from falling over. You’ll want to make sure to place the garlic cut side up.
- Drizzle each garlic clove with olive oil, then use your fingers to rub the oil all over the cut.
- Cover the bulb with aluminum foil.
- Now you’ll bake for 30 – 40 minutes or until the cloves have turned light brown and are soft to the touch.
- After garlic is thoroughly roasted, make sure you can comfortably touch the cloves, then take a knife and gently cut around each clove, then use a cocktail fork or your fingers to pull out or squeeze out each clove of garlic. From here, you can use your garlic as a spread or mash it up to use in another recipe!
Our only roasted garlic disclaimer: While there are a ton of uses for garlic and it’s jam-packed with antioxidants, too much of a good thing can lead to your stomach being upset. Try to not eat more than one, MAYBE two heads of garlic in one sitting. And we understand this sounds excessive, but it’s easy to get carried away. Trust us. Happy roasting!