Idiot’s Guide to Roasting Garlic

I’ve known of roasted garlic for a long, long time. I’ve loved it for nearly my entire life, as I’ve been told that as a toddler I would spread 2 or 3 cloves on a little cracker and beg for more.

Despite this, I never attempted at roasting garlic until a couple of weeks ago at the ripe ol’ age of 26. Little did I know how insanely hands-off it is! You have no excuse to make this yourself. Grab a dollar, buy a few bulbs of garlic, and get to it!

How to Roast Garlic

What you’ll need:

  • 1 bulb of garlic
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • dash of sea salt
  • aluminum foil

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F. Cut off the tips of the bulb of garlic to expose every clove, like so:

Peel all of the dry skin from the bulb. Place on a square of aluminum foil that will be large enough to completely encase it.

Drizzle the top with the olive oil and sprinkle the salt evenly on top. Completely close the foil around the bulb and place in the oven. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until the garlic is completely soft and the little cloves are golden.

Remove the cloves and do with them what you please! Mash to make a garlic spread for bread, crackers, and toast. Whisk into room-temperature butter and re-cool to make garlic butter. Add to any recipe you think could use the melt-in-your-mouth flavor of roasted garlic, such as pasta, mashed potatoes, hummus, atop your favorite grilled meats… anything is better with a little (or a lot of) garlic!


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