Back to Basics: Roasted Garlic

Fridays are for the beginner cook!

Roasting garlic is simple and quite versatile. It can be spread on toasted bread, put in mashed potatoes, added to various dips…you name it. Follow these simple steps:

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2. Take a desired number of garlic heads. Place stem side down and cut about 1/4 inch off the top. This should expose all of the garlic inside.
3. Place garlic on a sheet of aluminum foil.
4. Douse with some olive oil and a little salt and pepper.
5. Loosely wrap the garlic with the foil.
6. Bake for 45 minutes. Let cool and squeeze out the garlic from the casing.

  1. #1 by viveksurti on October 10, 2010 - 2:28 pm

    I love making roasted garlic. I do pretty much what you do, but my secret is to add a tablespoon or so of water before you put it in the oven. It creates a nice steaming effect that lets the garlic roast perfectly.

    Sometimes, I've even added some herbs (thyme, rosemary) to help add some more flavor to the party.

    Best, Vivek
    Vivek's Epicurean Adventures

  2. #2 by Kevin on October 11, 2010 - 3:45 am

    Great tips. I will try them out next time. What did you think of the garlic pic? I thought it came out Vivek-worthy. PS..My wife keeps bugging me about making your tomato soup. Take care.

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