Learning how to roast garlic is easy and this step by step tutorial will have you making and adding it to everything! Is is perfect for spreading on bread, adding to dips, salads, sauces, soups, salad dressing, pizzas, pasta and just about anything.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe!
- Learning how to roast garlic is so easy. Roasting the garlic turns it into something soft, sweet and caramelized. The flavor is much gentler and you can substitute it for raw garlic in any recipe.
- You only need two ingredients.
- The easiest and best way is to roast garlic is in the oven. It only takes about 40-45 minutes and it makes your house smell amazing!
- It’s so versatile, you find so many ways to use roasted garlic cloves.
- Heads of garlic
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Use a good quality olive oil for the best flavor. You could also use avocado oil.
How to roast garlic
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- Peel off the papery outer layers of the garlic. Keep the cloves intact. You want to use the whole head.
3. Use a sharp knife to cut the tops off of the whole garlic bulbs, about 1/4 inch, exposing the clove inside. Place the heads of garlic into a muffin tin if you are doing multiple heads.
4. Drizzle with olive oil, let it run down the sides of the garlic. About 1-2 teaspoons per head. If you like, you can also add a bit of salt and pepper.
5. Cover the tops of the heads of garlic with a piece of aluminum foil.
Alternate Method for Roasting Garlic
- If you prefer, you can place the heads of garlic on a piece of foil, wrap them up tight to prevent the oil from leaking out, forming a foil packet. Place them on a small baking dish or baking sheet. I will use this method if I am only roasting one head of garlic.
6. Bake for about 40-45 minutes or until the cloves turn a deep golden brown and are caramelized around the edges. You want the cloves nice and soft so they can be easily squeezed out of the skin. Your roasting time will depend upon the size of your heads of garlic.
7. Allow the garlic to cool for a bit and then squeeze the cloves of garlic out of the skin.
Variations of roasted garlic
- For a fun flavor variation, sprinkle some dried herbs such as rosemary, oregano, thyme, or Italian seasoning over the garlic after drizzling with oil.
- You can use freeze herbs or dried herbs.
How to use Roasted Garlic:
- Mash up the cloves and spread over bread or on focaccia
- Spread them on a piece of bread and add some roasted tomatoes.
- Make compound butter with them. Mash the cloves of garlic and then mix in with room temperature butter.
- Add them to pasta dishes such as
- Throw some into soups such as Tomato Basil or Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Soup
- Combine into dips such as Roasted Garlic Artichoke Dip, hummus, Olive Artichoke Dip
- Add to a charcuterie or cheese board. They are delicious spread on crackers and then a piece of cheese added.
- Mix into mashed potatoes.
- Add to your favorite homemade pizza. Spread a thin layer of roasted garlic over the crust and then add pizza sauce.
Frequently Asked Questions
Place it in an airtight container and it will last in the freezer for 2-3 months.
Roasted garlic recipes will last 3-4 days in the fridge. It will last for up to 2 weeks if you submerge the cloves in olive oil, but cloves submerged in olive oil.
You can use just butter or you could use a combination of butter and olive oil.
If you prefer, you can roast the individual cloves. Place the unpeeled cloves on a piece of foil, drizzle with olive oil and close up foil into a foil packet. Doing it this way will take less time so check it at 15 minutes, return to the oven if more time is needed. Then check every couple of minutes until they are ready.
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How to Roast Garlic
- head of garlic
- 1-2 tsp olive oil
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- Remove outer paper from the head of garlic
- Cut about 1/4 inch off the top of the head of garlic to expose the cloves.
- Place garlic head in a muffin tin or on a piece of foil
- Drizzle with olive oil, wrap up tightly in foil.
- Place in oven and bake for 40-45 minutes until cloves are golden brown, caramelized and soft.
- Allow to cool and then squeeze cloves out of the skin.