Oven roasted garlic adds a beautiful layer of flavor to any dish. Add the roasted garlic to sauces, stews, mashed potatoes, or serve it as an appetizer to smear on bread or crackers.
This Roasted Garlic White Veggie Lasagna is made extra special using this simple roasting technique. Or even better, add it to these Loaded Mashed Potatoes for another layer of flavor!
Funny story here- when I was snapping these awesome photos for this recipe, my kids were looking at me so crazy! Like, "why are you pouring olive oil on garlic," type of crazy! Little did they know, this little gem was going to make dinner nothing short of AHHmazing!
Such a simple ingredient turns a meal or a dish into something majestic. Garlic has a very strong and vibrant flavor all by itself. However, roasting it tames the flavor quite a bit, and leaves you with a smooth and buttery taste. It almost becomes a tad bit sweet once it's roasted.
What is roasted garlic used for?
Roasted garlic is delicious to add to sauces and stews. Or, use it as a delicious appetizer, spread it on a crusty piece of bread, or crackers. Impress your friends at your next get together and place the roasted garlic on your Charcuterie board!
Even better, enjoy Valentine's Day at the house this year. Wow your loved ones by serving them a piping hot steak and roasted garlic mashed potatoes. Once the garlic is roasted, it simply slides right out of it's skin. Add them to mashed potatoes for a unique layer of flavor.
How to make oven roasted garlic:
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees, depending on your oven settings, 350 degrees will suffice, just keep the garlic in a bit longer.
Cut the top off of the bulb of garlic, enough to expose the top of each individual head. No need to dispose of the tops pieces you cut off, dice them up and use it for another recipe.
Cut a piece of foil that is large enough to wrap-up the entire head of garlic. Place the garlic bulb in the center of the foil and drizzle with the olive oil. Drizzle just enough olive oil to cover the entire head of garlic.
Then you will sprinkle a dash of salt and pepper over the garlic. Of course this step is not mandatory, but I'm a firm believer that EVERY aspect, of every dish I create, should be seasoned with a lil' extra love!
Next you need to close the foil by folding the sides inward, toward each other. This will form a big ball of garlic/foil. It is time to cook this heavenly piece of work! Place the ball of garlic directly into the oven, or place it on a baking dish prior to placing it into the oven.
- 1 head of Garlic
- 1 tablespoon Olive oil
- 1 dash of Salt and Pepper
- Aluminum foil
- Sharp chef's knife
- Cutting board
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cut the top off of the head of garlic, just enough to expose the heads of the garlic cloves.
- Cut a piece of foil that is large enough to wrap-up the entire head of garlic. Place the head of garlic in the center of the foil.
- Drizzle olive oil over the head of garlic, cover as evenly as possible. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
- Wrap the foil around the head of garlic and close tightly.
- Place the ball of garlic into the oven and roast for 10-15 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and let the roasted garlic cool before handling.
The aluminum foil wrapped garlic can be placed directly in the oven, or you can place it on a shallow baking tray.
Let garlic cool for 5-10 minutes before you attempt to handle it.
Do not discard of any olive oil that remains in foil after garlic is used! Use it to saute veggies, or add to another recipe.
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