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How to Roast Garlic

Did you know that there is a secret to restaurant dishes?  Yes I mean other than butter.  It’s roast garlic.  And the beauty is that it’s super easy to make.  Beautiful roasted garlic in the oven!  Perfect for pastas, soups or as a spread on toast!

How to Roast Garlic - Girl and the Kitchen

Have you ever eaten a dish at a restaurant that had a mild, sweet yet savory flavor to it?  Most likely there was roasted garlic in there.

When you roast garlic, all cozy in its papery shell, it becomes smooth, sweet and buttery.  And suddenly all is well in the world.

Years ago, there was this amazingly delicious bistro in downtown Chicago.  Everything there was perfection.  In the middle of the hustle and bustle of the Magnificent mile stood a quiet brasserie complete with antique Parisian lamps at each table and warm baguettes.  The crowning glory to top those baguettes was a beautiful head of roasted garlic in the center of the table.

How to Roast Garlic - Girl and the Kitchen

My childhood friend Marina and I would go in there and chow down on the baguettes and roasted garlic.  Slathering each crusty baguette with the smooth and creamy roasted garlic.  Every time she would say, “I wish I could make this at home.”  Well Marina you can and you would not even believe how easy it is.

This is a great way to use up some old heads of garlic laying around in your pantry.  Make it, store it in the fridge and add it to dressings, soups, sauces and pastas (such as my roasted garlic creamy lasagna soon to come to the blog! )

Preheat oven to 350-degrees

Take a few heads of garlic and cut off the bottoms with a serrated knife. How to Roast Garlic - Girl and the Kitchen

The bottoms are where the garlic comes to a point.  Take off some of the loose paper.

How to Roast Garlic - Girl and the Kitchen

Drizzle olive oil into the bottom a small pan.  It can be a frying pan or an old pie pan.  I chose to use my meatloaf pan.

How to Roast Garlic - Girl and the Kitchen

Place garlic bulbs with the exposed garlic cloves facing up.  Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

How to Roast Garlic - Girl and the Kitchen

Cover pan with foil and place into the oven for 30-35 minutes or until a knife goes into the garlic smoothly.

How to Roast Garlic - Girl and the Kitchen Once the garlic is roasted, let cool until you are able to handle with your hands.

Now comes the fun part.  Squeeze the garlic out by pushing from the top all the way out of the bottom. How to Roast Garlic - Girl and the Kitchen

That’s it!  Store it and use it! Don’t throw out the oil that the garlic roasted in.  Save it for sauteeing and give food a light garlicy flavor.  Or my favorite…slather it on a delicious crusty bread with a tiny sprinkle of cheese.

How to Roast Garlic - Girl and the Kitchen

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How to Roast Garlic

How to Roast Perfect Garlic


  • Author: Mila Furman

Description

Did you know that there is a secret to restaurant dishes? Yes I mean other than butter. It’s roasted garlic. And the beauty is that it’s super easy to make.


Ingredients

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  • 45 Garlic cloves
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt and Pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350-degrees
  2. Take a few heads of garlic and cup off the bottoms with a serrated knife.
  3. The bottoms are where the garlic comes to a point. Take off some of the loose paper.
  4. Drizzle olive oil into the bottom a small pan. It can be a frying pan or an old pie pan. I chose to use my meatloaf pan.
  5. Place garlic bulbs with the exposed garlic cloves facing up. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  6. Cover pan with foil and place into the oven for 30-35 minutes or until a knife goes into the garlic smoothly.
  7. Once the garlic is roasted, let cool until you are able to handle with your hands.
  8. Now comes the fun part. Squeeze the garlic out by pushing from the top all the way out of the bottom.
  9. That’s it! Store it and use it!
  10. HINT: Don’t throw out the oil that the garlic roasted in. Save it for sauteeing and give food a light garlicy flavor.
  • Category: Condiment
  • Cuisine: French

How to Roast Garlic - Girl and the Kitchen

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21 Comments

  1. I saved this one to try. I’ve never roasted garlic at home, but I’ve had it in restaurants and the flavor is amazing! Can’t wait to give it a try!

    1. Hey Fae! It’s so easy and takes everything you put it in to a whole new level! If I have the oven on most likely I’m throwing some garlic into it to roast up! Keep me posted on your success!

  2. Oh my goodness I am loving your recipes! Roasted garlic is so delicious and I have not made it in FOREVER! This was such a good reminder and how-to. I just pinned it, and I am following you everywhere…facebook, twitter, pinterest, instagram and I am going to go subscribe on bloglovin too! So glad that I found your blog via #Sitsblogging! Have a great week!

  3. I am just getting started with using fresh garlic in my cooking. It is making such a wonderful difference in my meals and it’s not as hard as I thought it would be to prepare it.

    I found you via the SITS commenting challenge and I’m so excited to read more as I’m expanding my cooking horizons!

    1. Hey Marie! You are my favorite kind of blogger 🙂 I love new cooks ! I try and post as many recipes as I can that are step by step. Thanks for coming by! Feel free to ask questions if you have some!

  4. Hi! Stopping by from SITS. I’m one of those people who can never get enough garlic. I add it to almost everything I eat at any opportunity I get. I love to cook and roasting garlic looks easy and fun. I can’t wait to give it a go. I’m going to try growing my own garlic this summer so I always have some on hand. We’ll see how that goes!

    1. Hey Nicole! Glad to see you here! It is a truly awesome thing to have in your fridge! Add it to soups, sauces or just as a spread!

    1. My grandmother always said, ” A bad dancer is always blaming his dancing on his shoes.” Meaning you do not always need the fancy stuff to make everything! It’s just a way for them to get us to buy stuff 🙂 This is soooo much easier and requires hardly any supplies 🙂 Good luck and keep me posted!

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  6. Oh yeah !! A perfect example of the KISS principle which I have not necessarily followed!!! Short recipe: short comment – tomorrow !!!!!!!!!! [Perhaps tonight – just to sample ?]

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