Step by step instructions for roasting flavorful, aromatic garlic.
Step 1: Preheat oven to 350.
Step 2: Peel outer layers of paper off garlic head.
Step 3: Cut off the tip (not root end) of the head, exposing the garlic bulbs underneath.
Step 4: Drizzle garlic with a little olive oil. Lightly sprinkle with salt, if desired. (I’ve never used salt, but I know some recipes do.)
Step 5: Wrap garlic in a single layer of foil.
Step 6: Put on a roasting pan or oven-safe dish,
Step 7: Roast for 45 minutes to an hour. Let the amazing smell fill your house.
Step 8: Remove from oven and open foil.
Step 9: When garlic has cooled a bit, remove cloves with a fork or squeeze out with your fingers.
Step 10: Use in soups, sauces, dips, whatever you’d like.
I’ve used roasted garlic in recipes before (see here and here), but felt like a step by step tutorial was a good idea. There are so many places you can use roasted garlic – it’s fantastic in most soups (especially creamy, pureed soups), as a topping on pizza, in dips, as a bread spread, just about in or on anything. Plus the scent of roasting garlic is one of the most amazing smells in the world. At least in my, slightly humble, opinion.