Garlic has many nutritional benefits and its distinct flavor will enhance the taste of any dish that uses it. Roasting garlic is a simple, fast and easy procedure. The following article will teach you exactly how to do this. Whether you are simply expanding your culinary pallet or you have heard the praises of garlic and want to add it to your diet as a natural immune booster, this is your lucky day.
Required Equipment / Ingredients
- whole heads of garlic (2-4)
- a selection of dried herbs (such as cayenne pepper and paprika)
- a generous amount of olive oil
- a few pinches of salt and pepper
- a sharp knife (preferably a paring knife)
- some sort of baking dish (muffin tins work the best because they keep the garlic heads neat and separate and do not allow them to slosh about)
- a large piece of aluminum foil
- a pastry brush
- an oven
Preparation to Roast Garlic
The following simple steps are involved in the preparatory process for roasting garlic.
- Set your oven to 400 degrees. It is important to do this before you begin preparation so it is nice and toasty when you are ready to put the garlic in the oven.
- Take one garlic head in hand and gently peel off the outer skin. However, do not peel each individual clove.
- Using your sharp paring knife, take off the ends of each clove of garlic.
- Place each head of garlic in the muffin tin separately.
- Pour liberal amounts of your olive oil over the tops of the garlic and use your brush to create an even coat. Make sure to get all the nooks and crannies.
- Salt and pepper to your personal taste preferences. Then sprinkle your cayenne pepper and paprika over the tops of each head.
- Using a large sheet of aluminum foil, cover your muffin tin tightly.
Instructions to Roast Garlic
Follow the instructions listed below to make crispy, delicious roasted garlic.
- You will want to bake your garlic in a very warm 350 degrees Fahrenheit (175°C) oven for 30-35 minutes. That should be sufficient time to get your home smelling with very aromatic roasted garlic!
- Take your newly roasted garlic out of the oven and carefully tear away the aluminum foil. Leave your garlic to cool for about ten minutes.
- Now, you can peel the individual garlic cloves.
- Enjoy your simple and fast garlic by itself or add it to one of your favorite recipes. Fresh roasted garlic will brighten up many dishes and is so much more flavorful than powdered or store bought garlic. Try using it in your favorite meat marinade or in a homemade spread for bread or crackers. The possibilities are endless.
Tips / Warnings
While roasting garlic, keep the following tips and warnings in mind.
- Experiment with a variety of herbs and spices to make your roasted garlic even more tasty.
- While opening the aluminum foil, do it carefully because you might burn your hand due to the build up steam, within the foil.