Ever wonder how those famous culinary pros roast their garlic to fine perfection? Here’s 4 pointers followed with a step-by-step instructional guide to getting the most out of your bulb:
1. Choose a garlic head with lots of cloves.
When picking the best bulb for roasting, it is crucial to get one with lots of cloves, or else you’re wasting your time and gas or electric bill. Pick bulbs which haven’t “sprouted” (where there is a green sprout peeking out the top of the cloves) and aren’t molding or falling apart.
2. Make sure you have foil stocked in your pantry.
The most annoying things can happen while cooking, and not having the correct instruments can be the most troublesome. Make sure you have plenty of heavy weight foil (about 2′ x 2′ at least) so you aren’t trying to just make due with what you’ve got. If you are opposed to foil, parchment paper can be substituted.
3. Use fresh herbs if possible.
One of the most delicious ways to prepare roasted garlic if by using fresh herbs on top of your bulb. Rosemary, oregano, thyme and sage are delectable accompaniments and are best when picked fresh from the garden (or the grocery store if that’s your style).
4. If you’re going to roast garlic, you might as well roast a great amount.
Roasting garlic takes about 40 minutes, which is a long time to have the oven on and a long time for your taste buds to be kept in waiting. Why not roast a few bulbs at once? Most importantly because if you are offering your dinner guests this fine delicacy, you know they’re going to polish off the whole batch. Then what are you going to spread on your toast in the morning? Go for the golden and roast at least 2 or 3 heads at once.
How to Roast Garlic to Perfection:
What you will need:
- Foil – 1 8″ x 8″ square for each bulb
- Olive oil – 1 tbsp for each bulb
- Fresh herbs – 1 tbsp for each bulb (Rosemary, oregano, thyme, sage, etc.)
- 1 oven
- 1 muffin pan or baking pan
- 45 minutes
- Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
- Slice off the top 1/2 inch of each garlic bulb leaving the tops of each clove exposed.
- Place each bulb onto a sheet of foil approximately 8″ x 8″ and drizzle each with 1 tbsp olive oil.
- Top with fresh herbs and wrap each bulb in the foil piece.
- Place the wrapped bulbs in the muffin pan or on the baking sheet and into the oven.
- Roast for 35 – 40 minutes, or until the cloves are browned, soft and can squeeze out from their skins.
- Remove the bulbs from the oven and set aside to cool.
- Serve and enjoy!
Some ideas for using your garlic once it’s roasted:
- Spread a clove on some toast and top with goat cheese
- Blend all of your roasted cloves together with some olive oil, salt and pepper and save as a side condiment for any meal
- Slice up your roasted cloves and place on top your next homemade pizza!
- Mix with parmesan cheese as a topping for pasta
Roasting garlic need not be a mind boggling experience. With the right tools, a little time and lots of love, you too can serve your dinner guests a delicious delicacy just like the pros!