Kitchenability Blog

04.18.2014

Kitchenability 101: How to Roast Garlic

garlic bulbs

April is National Garlic Month and April 19 specifically is National Garlic Day. That means it’s time to roast some garlic!

If you’re not entirely sure how to roast garlic, then you’re in the right place.

I recently stumbled upon a recipe that called for roasted garlic, and it got me thinking … When it comes to garlic, new cooks tend to dive into how to peel garlic and how to mince and chop garlic first. But, roasting garlic can actually be quite a bit easier.

To roast garlic, you don’t have to worry about how to peel it, and you don’t have to bother with any pesky knife skills. You just … roast it—bulb and all. How easy is that?

Roasting garlic gives it a much softer, mellower flavor that’s nutty, rich and slightly sweet—unlike raw garlic, which can have a fairly intense flavor and bite. It’s so nutty and sweet, in fact, that it can be enjoyed as a spread—try smearing it directly on bread or crackers for a flavorful snack.

Roasted garlic can also be used in a variety of different recipes, like mashed potatoes, hummus, and even pasta sauces. Try subbing it for minced or chopped garlic in any recipe, and see if you prefer the flavor.

Experiment!

To roast a head of garlic, follow these easy steps:

1. Preheat the over to 375 degrees.

2. With a sharp knife, cut about a 1/2 inch off the pointy tip of the garlic bulb, and peel off any excess papery skin.

3. Place the garlic in a small, ovenproof baking dish.

4.
Drizzle 1 tbsp of olive oil on tip, and sprinkle with salt.

5. Wrap the garlic up in aluminum foil and bake it in the oven for 45 minutes to 1 hour—until it is lightly browned and the cloves are very soft.

6. Remove from the oven and allow the garlic to cool slightly; then squeeze the garlic, separating the meat from the skins … and enjoy!

Note: This post was originally published on my blog at Parade Magazine.

Photo: “Garlic” by rfduck is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0

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