If you’ve never tried roasted garlic before you have to give it a go because it component that transforms the flavour of raw garlic, it takes it from this strong pungent sometimes bitter flavour to this soft sweet, creamy paste that is to die for.
The best part is it couldn’t be any easier to make here’s all you have to do get yourself some friendly big fat bulbs of garlic. Here’s a little tip, get yourself a garlic keeper for extra fresh garlic.
You’re going to cut about a quarter to a half an inch at the top of each bulb you want most if not all of the individual cloves to be exposed then using your thumbs you want to gently push back this papery outer coating on the garlic and get off as much as you can next you’re going to take a piece of foil for each clove lay the bulb of garlic right in the middle and you want to drizzle it with about a teaspoon of olive oil you want to make sure that all the cloves have a little bit of olive oil on them a pinch of kosher salt, and a little bit of black pepper right over the top once you’ve got it seasoned up pull up the sides of your foil and make sure it’s a cinch shut, so you get an excellent little package here and continue to do this with as many cloves of garlic as you’re roasting.
I’ve got three here then once you’ve got all the garlic ready to go you just want to get it into a shower room baking dish I’ve got a pie plate here but you could also use a cookie sheet I’m going to pop it all in the oven at 400 for about 45 minutes you’re looking for the garlic to get nice and soft and creamy and golden-brown once your garlic is done I’m going to take it out and give it a few minutes to cool down and then once it’s ready to handle watch what happens you’re going to open up your package and the first thing you’re going to do mmm let’s get this fantastic garlicky smell and then lovely and golden-brown if you take one individual clove and squish it, it squeezes right out of the skin and this is a soft creamy sweet decadent paste delicious and there’s lots of different things that you can do with roasted garlic you could put it into a soup use it in a salad dressing toss it into a pasta dish putting it a dip like hummus or even just spread it on a sandwich actually one of my favorite ways to enjoy it just as a little afternoon snack is to take a piece of my favorite toasted whole-grain bread and then I take one or two of the clothes usually two and spread it just like buttah right over my toast and then to make it extra delicious one more little drizzle of olive oil mmm just a kiss and a pinch of that salt and you have got yourself a delightful and nutritious afternoon snack mmm so creamy so smooth so sweet.