Roasted Garlic

August 30, 2012

This stuff is really. No, like really good. Trust me. Make roasted garlic. You will not be disappointed and you can use it for so many things! I bought a big bag of garlic to use when I was making pesto and other things on the weekend. There was a lot leftover, so I decided to whip up some garlicky deliciousness to have on hand when I wanted to ward off some vampires in the near future!

Buy a big bag of garlic. Or just do it with a few heads. Whatever strikes your fancy! 

The top of the garlic is the side with the little pointy part sticking up. 
Cut that part off, also chopping off the tops of the cloves inside. 

Arrange as many heads of garlic as you'd like in a baking dish. 
Drizzle a little olive oil over each clove and make sure it goes into the center of the head. 
Pop them in the oven for about an hour at 375. You might die waiting because it smells so good in your house! 
Let them cool to room temperature or until they are ok to handle. Using your fingers, peel off the papery skins on each head and pop the cloves out. They should be very soft and mushy and slide easily out of the skins.
Eat a few straight up while you're at it. They taste like candy!

Put them in your fridge and they will keep for a couple of weeks. 
Things I have done with roasted garlic:
- Spread the cloves on crackers and eat as a little snack
- Add them into salad vinaigrettes
- Stir them into mashed potatoes
- Use them as a spread on sandwiches
- Stir them into roast drippings to flavour gravy
- Add them to store bought hummus to give it an extra kick

Do you have any tips to share about ways you've used roasted garlic?

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