There are not too many recipes that wouldn’t be enhanced by the wonderful flavor of garlic. Whether in a side dish, main meal, or infused in a sauce or dressing- garlic complements almost everything. Roasting whole heads of garlic is an easy way to bring a new depth of flavor to your favorite garlic dishes. When garlic is roasted, it becomes a sweet, nutty, creamy, and spreadable delight. Not only does roasted garlic give a difference in taste to a dish when compared with raw garlic, it also doesn’t leave you with overwhelming “garlic breath”.
Here is how to roast your own head of garlic:
- 1 whole head garlic
- extra virgin olive oil
- salt and pepper
- Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F.
- Slice a little bit off the bottom of the head of garlic, just so that it sits upright. Remove any loose layers of skin off the bulb and cut a 1/4 inch off the top of the head of garlic to reveal the cloves inside.
- Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt and cracked pepper.
- Wrap the garlic loosely in foil or parchment paper and place on a sheet pan. Roast for 30 to 40 minutes, until the garlic is lightly browned and soft. Once cooled, the garlic will easily squeeze out from each clove.
Try substituting roasted garlic instead of raw garlic in a variety of dishes. Here’s a few delicious garlicy dishes for you to try:
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