Roasted garlic is the ultimate flavor enhancer! Roasting garlic in the oven gives it a rich, sweet flavor and creamy texture. Find out all about how to roast garlic at home.
Roasted garlic shows up on a lot of restaurant menus. Although it seems like it would be really complicated to make, you can make it at home quite easily. Roasted garlic is extremely versatile. Once you know how to make it, it’s a simple and healthy way to add depth of flavor to a wide variety of dishes.
What is Roasted Garlic?
Roasted garlic is garlic that's cooked in the oven until it becomes soft and creamy. When it’s done, you can squeeze the garlic from the cloves almost like squeezing toothpaste from a tube. As it roasts, the garlic starts to caramelize and it develops a rich, slightly sweet flavor. The pungent flavor of raw garlic mellows and becomes almost nutty. If you have any friends who say they don’t like the strong flavor of garlic, have them try this.
It’s the ultimate flavor enhancer and imparts a rich, garlicky taste without the sharp bite of raw garlic. And it's packed with antioxidants so it's good for you too!
How to Roast Garlic
Start with whole heads of garlic. Peel off some of the excess papery outer layer. Carefully slice off the top ½-inch of the garlic heads of garlic, exposing the individual cloves.
Drizzle olive oil on top and sprinkle with a little salt. Wrap the garlic in foil and place on a sheet pan.
Roast garlic in the oven 45-50 minutes until softened. Let cool and then squeeze garlic into a bowl.
How to Eat Roasted Garlic
Now that you know how to roast garlic, here are some delicious ways to enjoy it:
- Spread some on a piece of toast and enjoy it plain or with a drizzle of balsamic glaze
- Use it in pasta. Stir some into your favorite pasta sauce or macaroni and cheese. You can also simply toss cooked pasta with roasted garlic, olive oil and parmesan.
- Stir it into mashed potatoes or toss whole cloves
- Toss whole cloves of roasted garlic into the pan when you're sautéing vegetables like string beans or spinach
- Mix it into burgers or meatloaf for a flavor boost
- Use it to make a savory compound butter
- Purée it into salad dressings, dips or marinades
- Mash it into a paste with olive oil, lemon and herbs and spread it on top of steak, poultry or fish
- Use it as a topping for pizza
More Tasty Garlic Recipes
- Rustic Summer Bruschetta
- Spanish Garlic Shrimp (Gambas Al Ajillo)
- Mediterranean Pasta
- Greek Feta Shrimp Skillet
- Cheesy Turkey and Cauliflower Rice Taco Skillet
- Pasta Fagioli with Greens
- 3 heads garlic
- 3 teaspoons olive oil
- Kosher salt
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- Peel off some of the excess papery outer layer from the garlic, leaving some of it intact to hold the garlic cloves together.
- Carefully slice off the top ½-inch of the heads of garlic, exposing the individual cloves.
- Place each head of garlic on a piece of aluminum foil, cut side up. Drizzle each with a teaspoon of olive oil and sprinkle a pinch of salt on top.
- Wrap the garlic with the foil and place them on a baking sheet.
- Place the baking sheet in the oven and roast for about 45-50 minutes until the garlic is softened.
- Let it cool, then squeeze the garlic into a bowl. Wasn't that easy?