Roasted Garlic

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How to roast whole heads of garlic in the oven so you can eat warm, toasty cloves right out of the garlic head.

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

Years ago a friend of mine showed me how to roast garlic whole and eat the warm, toasty cloves right out of the head. How wonderfully simple! And perfect for garlic lovers.

Roasting garlic changes the chemical makeup of the garlic so that it’s easier to digest. You can eat a lot more garlic if it is completely cooked, with fewer side effects than you would get from eating raw garlic. (If you’re into chemistry, you can read more about this process in the Wikipedia.)

Eat the caramelized roasted cloves directly out of the heads, or add them to pasta dishes, mash them up and spread them over toast, or mix them with sour cream for a dip. If you are sensitive to raw garlic, you may find that you can much more easily eat roasted garlic.

Roasted Garlic Recipe

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  • Prep time: 5 minutes
  • Cook time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • One or more whole heads of garlic

Method

1 Preheat your oven to 400°F (205° C). (A toaster oven works great for this.)

2 Peel and discard the papery outer layers of the whole garlic bulb, leaving intact the skins of the individual cloves of garlic. Using a sharp knife, cut 1/4 to a 1/2 inch from the top of cloves, exposing the individual cloves of garlic.

3 Place the garlic heads in a baking pan, cut side up. (A muffin pan works great for this, as it keeps the garlic bulbs from rolling around.) Drizzle a couple teaspoons of olive oil over each exposed head, using your fingers to rub the olive oil over all the cut, exposed garlic cloves. Cover the bulb with aluminum foil. Bake at 400°F (205°C) for 30-35 minutes, or until the cloves feel soft when pressed.

4 Allow the garlic to cool enough so you can touch it without burning yourself. Use a small small knife cut the skin slightly around each clove. Use a cocktail fork or your fingers to pull or squeeze the roasted garlic cloves out of their skins.

Eat as is (I love straight roasted garlic) or mash with a fork and use for cooking. Can be spread over warm French bread, mixed with sour cream for a topping for baked potatoes, or mixed in with Parmesan and pasta.

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Elise Bauer

Elise Bauer is the founder of Simply Recipes. Elise launched Simply Recipes in 2003 as a way to keep track of her family's recipes, and along the way grew it into one of the most popular cooking websites in the world. Elise is dedicated to helping home cooks be successful in the kitchen. Elise is a graduate of Stanford University, and lives in Sacramento, California.

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  • Wendy

    Love love love- quick easy delicious and the aroma in the house is simply divine

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  • Stacey

    Simple and delicious!

  • Velveteen mom

    Dang I love I thought I loved garlic but I just made the recipe at I ended up with 6 cloves cut into a couple of tablespoons of cream cheese … it was delectable on one side of a toasted bagel. I ended eating the other side of bagel with another 6 cloves!!
    But seriously should I be worried?

    xxxxxyyyyy

  • Beth

    Very tasty. I used suggestion of muffin tin but also used a muffin / cupcake paper to make clean up a snap.

  • Vicky

    Great!! Delicious!!!!

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