Want to learn to roast peeled garlic? You’ll be pleasantly surprised to see how easy it is to have roasted garlic cloves at the ready for all your favorite recipes.
Whether you’re making a Mashed Potato Casserole or adding roasted garlic to a Ploughman’s Lunch or spreading it on a sandwich, having the garlic already roasted and steeped in herbs and olive oil is a great way to go.
Chances are good that you’ve heard about roasting whole heads of garlic. I certainly have! Roast Garlic and Goat Cheese is one of my favorite appetizers, but I am not completely satisfied with roasted heads of garlic.
You tend to lose some of the garlic in the oily skins. And it seems like a waste of oil, too, since the skins absorb oil, too. There had to be a better way!
I discovered there was: roast peeled garlic cloves.
Why Make This
It’s good for you. Garlic is considered by some as a natural medicinal. Research suggests that it can help the body fight against heart disease and cancer. It also protects one from vampires.
Roasting garlic is a delicious way to enjoy this powerhouse of flavor and goodness without too much spice or bitterness getting in the way.
In fact, roasting garlic softens, mellows, and almost sweetens the garlic.
I discovered this basic method one summer, reading Live to Eat and its recipe for Garlic Confit, baking garlic in an oil bath with herbs. Instantly I knew it would be a game changer. This recipe for roast peeled garlic is my adaptation from that one.
peeled garlic cloves – These are readily available in the produce department of most grocery stores. Costco sells a really big bag of them, perfect for making a bulk batch of roasted garlic. You can peel the garlic yourself if you prefer, but it is a rather time-consuming process.
olive oil – You can try other oils, but I’ve found olive oil to be the most compatible in this recipe. I mean, really, olive oil and garlic are a natural pairing. Plus, the olive oil absorbs some of the garlicy, herby flavor, making it great for using in dressings, marinades, and other ways to use olive oil
your favorite dried herbs – I like to use mediterranean herbs, such as what’s in this Herbes de Provence Recipe. You can use just thyme or rosemary instead.
red pepper flakes – These add a nice bit of heat to the garlic and oil.
As you’ll see this method is pretty forgiving and versatile, so experiment and see what works best for you.
Roasting garlic is pretty easy, though there are several methods. You can drizzle the head of garlic or the peeled cloves with oil and place it in an ovenproof container or wrap it in foil and bake until the garlic is soft and spreadable.
However, roasting the peeled garlic cloves is the easiest and most versatile method of all. Here’s how to do it:
- Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. Add the peeled garlic cloves, herbs, and red pepper flakes to a large dutch oven.
- Pour in the olive oil.
- Stir to combine.
- Cover the dutch oven and place it in the preheated oven. Allow the garlic to roast for 50 minutes. Cool the mixture before transferring it to an airtight container. Store the garlic in the oil in the refrigerator.
This method of giving the peeled garlic cloves an olive oil bath is super easy. The hard, pungent cloves not only brown and soften during roasting, but they also impart good garlicky flavor to the oil, so now you’ve got garlic-infused oil as well!
This is a hands-free process so you can prep the pot, slide it in the oven and just walk away, while your kitchen fills with a delectable garlic aroma.
Yes! Simply drizzle a whole head of garlic with olive oil and wrap it with foil. Bake in a 400-degree oven until soft.
Roasted garlic, when covered with oil in a jar, is good for about a month as long as the jar is sterile, remains refrigerated, and you don’t cross-contaminate the contents with other foods.
You can freeze roasted garlic for longer storage.
The oil is great in cooking, marinades, dressings, and for drizzling on cooked meats and vegetables.
Knowing how much it costs you to prepare a recipe can help you decide if it’s the type of recipe to make regularly or one you might want to save for special occasions. Let’s crunch some numbers and see how this recipe pencils out.
- peeled garlic cloves – $4.00
- olive oil – $1.00
- spices – $0.15
Roasting peeled garlic cloves should cost about $5.15 a batch.
Ways to Save More
It’s pretty cheap and easy to roast peeled garlic. Here are some of the strategies you can use to make this recipe even more economical:
- Stock up on ingredients when they are on sale. When I find regular kitchen staples on sale, I buy a lot. I’m currently using a price book to track prices and that’s saving me money. For this recipe, keeping an eye on the price of olive oil can help keep the price down.
- Buying in bulk – I’ve made this recipe using garlic I peeled myself as well as garlic I purchased pre-peeled. The latter is much MUCH easier, and fairly affordable, if you buy the large bag from Costco and use it up in the allotted “best by” time frame.
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How to Roast Peeled Garlic
- Dutch oven or covered roaster
- 3 cup peeled garlic cloves
- 2 cup olive oil
- 10 peppercorns
- 1/2 tsp herbes de Provence , dried thyme or dried rosemary
- 1/8 tsp red pepper flakes
- Preheat the oven to 300 degrees.
- Place the garlic, olive oil, peppercorns, herbs, and red pepper flakes into a Dutch oven. Cover and bake for 50 minutes.
- Cool the garlic and oil before transferring to a quart-size jar with a lid. Store in the fridge for several weeks or freeze for longer keeping.
This post was originally published on November 27, 2018. It has been updated for content and clarity.