How to Roast Garlic

Aside from various health benefits, garlic tastes delicious. Roasted garlic is a particularly tasty and sweet, more mellow way to prepare and eat garlic. Roasted garlic can be added to a meal or eaten as a snack but it's at its best when added to foods such as soups or roasts.


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    Peel away the papery white outer layer that covers the bulb. Leave the individual covering on each clove and leave each clove attached to the root.
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    Cut a little off the top of the cloves so that you can see down into each clove.
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    Cut the top (pointed end/stalk) off the head of garlic.
    • If preferred, you can remove each clove individually for roasting but this is a more time-consuming method and not really necessary.
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    Place the head of garlic on a piece of foil large enough to wrap the garlic in. Or use one of those great clay garlic roasters. Or, place cloves in muffin tins, drizzle oil into each garlic head, and cover entire tray with foil.
    • Again, if using individual cloves, add them to the package.
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    Drizzle or brush a little olive oil over the garlic head.
    • If using the cloves individually, drizzle oil over each one.
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    Wrap the garlic head well with the foil.
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    Bake in a preheated oven at 350ºF/175ºC for about 30-35 minutes, until the garlic is soft.
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    Remove the roasted garlic from the oven and simply pop the individual cloves out of the roasted paper outers. They should come out easily. Arrange on a plate or add to a dish as needed.
    • If roasting individual cloves, simply drop them out of the foil to where they're needed.
    • Serve with salt and olive oil. It also goes well with crusty bread.
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  • Roasted garlic is wonderful spread on lightly toasted pieces of Italian bread or baguette. You can also add it to mashed potatoes for garlic mashed potatoes.
  • To roast whole already peeled cloves such as those that can be bought in a jar from the store, do as follows: Place the peeled cloves into a small oven proof dish and drizzle with oil and add a splash of water. Season with salt, cover with foil and place in the oven as mentioned above.

Things You'll Need

  • Knife
  • Cutting board
  • Kitchen foil
  • Baking pan if you don't want to add the foil-wrapped bulbs direct to oven shelves
  • Or, use a clay garlic roaster

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