Roasted Garlic Recipe + 9 ways to use it

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Bookmark this simple roasted garlic recipe. I’m sharing how to roast garlic in the oven, different ways to use it and storing tips.



 

If you’ve never had roasted garlic before, you’re in for such a treat!!

Even if you’re not a garlic fan, you’ve got to try it.

Because by some kind of magic (ok, mostly science!), the sharp pungent cloves of garlic transform into creamy soft and caramelized paste that is so incredibly delicious!!!

How to Roast Garlic:

This’s the most classic and easiest way to roast garlic:

  1. Cut a head of garlic in half and place it on a sheet of foil.
  2. Drizzle some olive oil over the cut side and sprinkle some salt.
  3. Replace the top of the garlic and wrap the foil.
  4. Place in a hot oven (anywhere between 375-400°F is ideal) and roast for about 45 minutes.

Yes, that simple! Now, just cool it and then squeeze the creamy soft paste out and enjoy!

Tip

Whenever you’re roasting something savory (think: pot roast, roast chicken, or even prime rib.) in the oven, throw 1-2 heads of garlic, wrapped in foil, directly on the rack. You don’t even need to place them on a baking sheet.

9 ways to use roasted garlic:

  1. Spread it over a toast, baguette, or dinner rolls.
  2. Add it to mashed potatoesmy favorite!
  3. Make the easiest garlic bread!! Stir into a softened butter, spread it over french bread and bake!
  4. Smear over a hot slice of steak, roast chicken or even fish.
  5. Spread it over pizza crust or focaccia bread.
  6. Stir into any pasta dish.
  7. Add into any pan sauces and/or gravies.
  8. Use it in aioli in place of fresh garlic!
  9. And last, but not least, use it in anything that calls for garlic!

How to store roasted garlic:

  • Refrigerate roasted garlic for up to 3 days.
  • Or freeze for up to 3 monthsthis’s my go-to method for storing roasted garlic.

How to freeze roasted garlic:

I usually freeze in 1 tablespoon chunks for convenience.

  1. Squeeze the softened garlics out of the skin.
  2. Mash them and divide into 1 tablespoon chunks.
  3. Wrap in plastic wrap, place in a freezer bag and freeze.

WARNING! Never store roasted garlic at room temperature, especially submerged in olive oil. Due to low acidity and warm temperatures, it creates a perfect environment for Clostridium botulinum, which could lead to botulism. (Source page 3)

Let me know if you try this roasted garlic recipe, and what are your thoughts!

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How to Roast a Garlic

Bookmark this simple roasted garlic recipe. I'm sharing how to roast garlic in the oven, different ways to use it and storing tips.
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 1 hour
Servings: 1 head of garlic

Ingredients

  • 1 head of garlic or however many you'd like!
  • Drizzle of olive oil
  • Pinch of salt

Instructions 

  • Preheat the oven to 375-400°F.
    (Note: I usually roast garlic when I'm roasting something savory for a long time, like roast chicken, or pot roast. So, set the oven to whatever temperature is called for the main dish, but anywhere between 375-400°F is ideal!)
  • Cut a head of garlic in half and place it on a sheet of foil.
  • Drizzle some olive oil over the cut side and sprinkle some salt.
  • Replace the top of the garlic and wrap the foil.
  • Place in the oven and roast for about 45 minutes, or until the garlic cloves are soft and caramelized.
  • Cool the roasted garlic until safe to touch. Then squeeze out the softened garlic from the peel, mash it and serve!

Tips & Notes

HOW TO STORE: Refrigerate roasted garlic for up to 3 days. Or freeze for up to 3 monthsthis’s my go-to method for storing roasted garlic. See my freezing instructions in the post above.

Nutrition

Calories: 22kcal, Carbohydrates: 1g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 2g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 1mg, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin C: 1mg
Course: Condiments
Cuisine: American

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