Roasting gives garlic a buttery texture and a rich, sweet flavor. It can be used alone as a spread, or as an ingredient in most recipes calling for garlic.
1 or more whole garlic bulbs
Olive oil for brushing
- Preheat the oven to 400°F (205°C). Line a baking sheet or small pan with aluminum foil.
- Gently remove the loose, excess papery skin from each garlic bulb. Trim off the top stem and 1/4 to 1/2-inch of the garlic head (exposing the cloves directly to the heat speeds up the roasting process), but leave the cloves intact. Brush the outer skin and top with about 1 teaspoon olive and place on the prepared pan.
- Bake the bulb(s) for about 20 to 25 minutes, or until the cloves feel very soft when pierced with the tip of a knife. Remove the garlic from the pan and let cool.
- To use, separate the individual garlic cloves; slice the bottom from each and squeeze at the end to release the roasted garlic. Keeps for up to 3 days wrapped in plastic or a tightly covered container in the refrigerator.
Makes ? servings.
Tip: To roast garlic in the microwave, place the prepared garlic bulb on a paper towel. Microwave on HIGH for 1 minute; turn the bulb upside-down, then microwave for about 1 more minute.