Roasted Garlic – The Garlic Lovers Treat

roasted garlicRoasted garlic is one of the easiest things to make and is not only great when included into other recipes, but it is magnificent on its own, squeezed out onto a crust of bread. Garlic is a lucky little bulb; like all nubs in the Allium family, it has a high concentration of both flavor and sugar. When roasted, the Maillard reaction changes those sugars into a garlic caramel, which coincidentally are two of my favorite flavors.

Roasted garlic bulbs make for a simple snack to have around, and while it may take some time to roast, it’s pretty much fire and forget as you pop them into the oven for a while, wait, and they are ready to eat. Roast, let them cool a bit, snip off the top and squeeze onto a toasted baguette and you have license to ignore the kids.

One tip, though. Most recipes you find suggest you cut off the top of the bulbs with the head intact and then roast. That’s fine if your goal is to peel the bulbs, but I find it much easier to pull the bulbs apart without cutting them, roast, and squeeze the garlic out. Peeling roasted garlic is a hassle I’ll leave to the celebrity chefs who dump that work on their assistants.

Ingredients:
1 head of garlic

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 400 F.

2. Pull the garlic bulbs apart from the head and place in a sheet of aluminum foil.

3. Fold up the foil to create a pouch, leaving some air space.

4. Place foil pouch in the oven for 45 minutes.

5. Let the garlic cool a bit before attacking it. Just snip the top off a bulb and squeeze out the sweet, garlicky goodness.

2 Responses to “Roasted Garlic – The Garlic Lovers Treat”

  1. Bruce says:

    I’ve been really sick this winter, and a friend suggested I try to eat more garlic. I think I’ll try this out because it sounds simple, but like it would actually taste good.
    Besides spread on toast, can you suggest other uses for the roasted garlic?

  2. Warren says:

    Sure. The roasted garlic is great to add to soups (I would puree it in the broth), and EXCEPTIONALLY well if you add it mashed potatoes (who doesn’t like garlic mashed potatoes?). Use your imagination, but I think it would also go well adding flavor to a number of vegetable dishes, eggs, grilled cheese sandwich, you name it. be creative with flavors you like, it’s always great when you discover something that you never realized you could mix.

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