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How to Roast Garlic

Roast Garlic adds great flavor to any number of dishes, from sauces and dressings to soups and mashed potatoes. And it’s super easy to prepare.

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Garlic can be rather pungent, particularly when you take it in large doses. I remember in high school when my French teacher took us to an authentic French restaurant. They seemingly specialized in everything garlic. The next day everyone in school could smell my eau de l’ail. No wonder garlic is said to keep vampires away!

Now roasted garlic, on the other hand, is a revelation. It’s soft and buttery and almost sweet.

Roasted garlic is a wonderfully flavorful addition to soups, sauces, and dressings. I’ve stirred it into mashed potatoes, blended it into caesar salad dressing, and minced it into cream sauce for pasta. I’ve slathered it on bread for grilled cheese sandwiches and smothered toast with it with baked goat cheese.

To put it mildly, I’m a fan of roasted garlic.

And to top it off, it’s super easy to roast garlic! Today I’m going to show you how to roast garlic en masse. Once you have a batch of this lovely stuff in the fridge, you’ll find no end of uses for it.

How to Roast Garlic | Good Cheap Eats

How to Roast Garlic

The process is super simple: cut off the tops of whole head garlic, drizzle in good quality olive oil, sprinkle with black pepper, cover and bake until it practically jumps out of its skin, it’s so happy to see you!

When you roast garlic, the flavors mellow, the color browns, and the texture softens to a spreadable texture. It’s great on sandwiches!

Consider chopping or stirring it into the following recipes:

While these recipes don’t call for roasted garlic per se, the caramelized flavor of the roasted garlic will only enhance the flavors of those dishes. Be sure to let me know how you use this very flavorful version of Allium sativum.

How to Roast Garlic | Good Cheap Eats

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  1. The summary bit says cook time is 25 minutes with a total of 35 minutes, but then the directions say to bake 45-60 minutes. Math may not be my strongest skill but I’m pretty sure those numbers don’t match up. 🙂

    Does roasted garlic freeze decently? I know I’ve made it a couple of times and then didn’t use it as much as I thought I would and it got tossed. Do you put it in oil or anything before you freeze it?

    • Good catch. I hand code all the recipes (it’s a technical thing for food blogs) and I use a template. Obviously, forgot to replace all the items on my template. It’s fixed now.

      Re: Freezing, I would recommend making sure it’s cold and wrapping it airtight. Should be good to go.

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