Oven Roasted Garlic enhances foods with a subtle, sweet, mellow depth of flavor.
Oven Roasted Garlic is one of those things that’s so good to add to your weekly prep list. Just throw some in the oven when you’re cooking something else savory. It’ll keep for the week if refrigerated and it’s perfect for adding to so many meals.
The “Other” Garlic
The transformation that fresh garlic goes through when oven roasted is totally sublime…meaning, it’s awesome. The strong bite of fresh garlic is replaced with the mellow, caramelized richness, depth of flavor and creamy goodness that is oven roasted garlic.
Oven roasted garlic is really easy to do and it makes your kitchen smell heavenly. 🙂
It’s good in so many things because of its delicious flavor and creamy texture. You can simply spread a buttery clove on a piece of baguette or add some to a sandwich spread or dip, to a soup, stew or sauce. It’s perfect for so many recipes.
Roasting the garlic in the oven softens and caramelizes it giving it a much mellower garlic flavor than the raw garlic. They are actually very different variations of the same bulb of garlic when they are used raw and then when they’re cooked.
I’ve found that there’s one thing to be most careful about that I want to pass on to you. It’s when you’re cutting off the top 1/4 of the garlic bulb which exposes the tops of the garlic cloves. You really need a sturdy and sharp knife to do this. It’s important to get a very good grip on the bulb, with your fingers away from the blade as you slice. Some garlic bulbs are probably tougher than others. You don’t want the bulb or the knife to slip when you’re cutting the top off and risk cutting yourself.
***Please do this very carefully***
When I roast garlic it’s usually done in about 40 to 45 minutes in a 400F degree oven. When the center of the cloves are soft to a sharp knife tip, they’re done. Some people leave them in longer to caramelize more but personally I’ve never tried that and would be afraid that they would dry out and burn!
I’ve found something that works well after I wrap the bulbs in foil. I take a 6 section muffin tin and place the foil wrapped garlic packets each in a section of the muffin tin to roast in the oven. (You could also put them on a baking sheet) I also oil and wrap the top 1/4 that I cut off and add that in to the packet with the larger part of the bulb.
If you happen to be making something savory in the oven at that temperature, throw in a few bulbs to roast at the same time!
The roasted garlic can be used right away or it can be kept in a container in the refrigerator for a week to 10 days and can be frozen for up to 3 months.
How to Make Oven Roasted Garlic Instructions:
How To Make Oven Roasted Garlic
- 1 or more garlic bulbs
- olive oil for drizzling
- Heat the oven to 400F degrees
- Gently peel off some of the excess papery covering of the garlic bulbs
- Very carefully cut off the top 1/4 of the garlic bulb so that the tops of the individual garlic cloves are exposed
- Top the exposed garlic cloves with olive oil by either drizzling it on or dipping the top of the bulb in a bowl with a little olive oil
- Wrap the bulbs in foil and place each packet in an empty section of a muffin tin or on a baking sheet
- Roast in the oven for about 40 to 45 minutes
- Check if they are done and completely soft by inserting the point of a knife into the center clove to test
- Remove from the oven when done, unwrap and let cool until it can be handled but still warm
- Squeeze the bottom of each clove to push the creamy roasted garlic out into a bowl or plate
- **The roasted garlic can be used right away or it will keep in a container in the refrigerator for about 10 days and frozen for up to 3 months**
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