Learn how to make perfect roasted garlic! Roasted garlic can be used in so many different recipes or just enjoyed on a piece of bread. It has a mild and sweet taste compared to raw garlic.
Roasted garlic is one of my favorite things to make and eat! The garlic roasting in the oven will make your house smell amazing and there are so many different ways you can enjoy it. Today I’ll show you how to make roasted garlic and we’ll talk about a few different ways you can use it.
Roasted garlic doesn’t last very long in my house so when I make it, I like to make a big batch. You can also just make one or two if you don’t need as much.
ROASTED GARLIC INGREDIENTS
- Garlic – You will want to use full garlic bulbs for roasting garlic. The tighter the cloves are packed together in the garlic bulb, the fresher it is and the better it is for roasting. You can roast as many garlic cloves as you like.
- Olive oil – The olive oil helps the garlic brown and really brings out it’s sweet, mild roasted flavor. I also think it helps soften it up.
You’ll also want an oven safe baking dish and some tin foil to wrap your garlic in so it cooks faster. If you don’t want to use aluminum foil I would recommend a baking dish that has a cover.
HOW TO MAKE PERFECT ROASTED GARLIC
Roasted garlic is super easy to make and there are only a few steps. The hardest part is waiting for it to brown 🙂
- The first step is to cut the very top off of the whole bulb of garlic. You just want to make sure you expose the very top of all the garlic cloves without taking too much off.
- Next, pour about 1 teaspoon of oil onto the top of each bulb of garlic and wrap the garlic bulbs in foil and place them in a baking dish. The foil helps hold the heat in and makes them cook faster without drying out.
- Place the garlic in the oven and bake until garlic is fork tender and browned, anywhere from 30-50 minutes, depending on how many bulbs you are roasting. Once garlic is out of the oven, let cool for a few minutes before eating.
- Storing your roasted garlic – I like to store my roasted garlic in an airtight container in the refrigerator. I remove the cloves from the paper and place in a container and cover with a little bit of olive oil. Your roasted garlic will keep well in the refrigerator for about 2 weeks or in the freezer for up to 6 months.
HOW TO ENJOY YOUR ROASTED GARLIC
There are so many ways to enjoy roasted garlic! Here are a few of my favorites:
- Spread on good bread with a pinch of salt.
- Mixed into hummus for a delicious roasted garlic hummus.
- Added to bread dough for roasted garlic bread.
- Add a few cloves to your homemade tomato sauce.
- Toss some into your pasta.
- Make a dressing with it by blending with some olive oil, vinegar and other seasonings.
- As a pizza topping.
What are your favorite ways to use roasted garlic?
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
- Does roasting the garlic cause it to lose some of it’s health benefits? Unfortunately, yes, cooking the garlic does make it lose some of it’s nutrients but it still keeps a lot of it’s health benefits so don’t worry!
- Do you have to use olive oil? No, you can roast the garlic without oil, but if you can use olive oil I would recommend it. It helps it soften without drying out.
- Do you have to wrap in aluminum foil? No, but I would recommend covering your baking dish so the heat doesn’t escape. It also may take a little longer to roast without being wrapped in the foil.
- How many garlic bulbs can I roast at one time? As many as you want! The more you have, the longer it will take but there’s no limit of how many or few you can roast at one time.
- How long will the roasted garlic last in the refrigerator? I would recommend removing the cloves from the paper and covering with a little bit of olive oil in an airtight container. It should last about 2 weeks if you do that.
- Can you freeze roasted garlic? Yes. I would pack it up just like you would if you were keeping it in the refrigerator and then freezer for up to 6 months.
- What does roasted garlic taste like? It tastes like a much milder version of raw garlic with some added sweetness. It has a smooth, buttery texture. If you don’t love raw garlic, roasted is a great alternative.
Let me know if you have any other questions below in the comment section!
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