Learn how to roast garlic. It’s easy to make and serves as a flavor booster in dips, sauces, soups, mashed potatoes and more.
I remember the first time I ate roasted garlic – it was served with fresh bread at a restaurant. Buttery and sweet, it was smooth and silky, with a mellow garlic flavor. I was hooked and could probably eat an entire bulb by myself.
Roasting garlic at home is so easy. All you need are whole garlic bulbs and a sharp knife. Remove any loose skin and cut off the top part of the bulb, exposing some of the flesh. Drizzle a little extra virgin olive oil on top.
Wrap in foil and bake for an hour at 400 degrees.
How To Use Roasted Garlic
Now that you know how to roast garlic, think about all the ways you can use roasted garlic as a flavor booster.
Roasted garlic can be left whole, chopped, mashed or pureed and added to:
- mashed potatoes
- hummus (Sundried Tomato Hummus)
- dips (Jalapeno Popper Dip or Hot Spinach Dip)
- mayonnaise or aioli (use on sandwiches or hamburgers)
- salad dressing
- vegetables (e.g., roasted broccoli, loaded cauliflower casserole)
- sauces such as Roasted Garlic Tomato Pasta Sauce or Turkey Bolognese Sauce
- meatballs or meatloaf
- chili (Black Bean Turkey Chili)
Mashed roasted garlic is also delicious spread on warm bread.
- Whole Garlic Bulbs
- 1 teaspoon Extra virgin olive oil for each garlic bulb
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees fahrenheit.
- Cut top off garlic bulbs, exposing a little flesh. Place on a piece of foil. Drizzle tops with olive oil. Wrap garlic bulbs in foil. Bake for an hour. Remove from oven and cool. Refrigerate until needed.