Sunday, April 29, 2012

Roasted Garlic Tutorial

Hey everyone! What makes the house smell better than creamy, golden roasted garlic-and it's easy!

Cut the top off of a bulb of garlic, approximately 1/4-1/2". Try to expose all of the cloves. Run your hands over the bulb and remove as much loose skin/paper as you can.
Place on a big piece of tin foil. 
Note: there are many specialty garlic roasters/bakers out there, they all have one thing in common... 
they need to be washed! I just toss the tin foil:@)

Drizzle 1/2 tsp olive oil over each bulb.

Bring the sides of the tin foil up and fold over, making a sealed pouch. 

Place in a preheated 375 degree oven.
Bake for one hour, they'll be golden brown and your whole house will smell wonderful:@)
Note: I use a toaster oven, you can add them to the big oven any time you're
 roasting meat or a side dish- not cakes, cookies, etc. ( just wanted to mention that) also,
don't hesitate to toss a couple pouches on indirect heat when grilling out.

Cool for about 10-15 minutes and remove the cloves from the papers, they'll be soft and squishy. 
At this point you can add them to your recipe, spread them on crusty bread or freeze them for future use.
I like to bake 6-8 bulbs to store in the freezer so they're ready when I want to use them-works great!

Full disclosure: To get intact cloves you kinda have to cut the papers and pry them out with a knife.
I don't have the patience for that, must be that Philly thing... so I just squeeze the bulb and put the smooshed cloves in a freezer bag, then break or cut a piece off I think equals what I need.
It works for me:@)
Have a happy day!

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  1. Hi Lynn,
    great idea. I love roasted garlic. Thank you for the tutorial.
    Best greetings, Johanna

  2. Happy Day to you too... looks wonderful & I bet it does smell so wonderful. I've never roasted garlic but will do so now, so easy. So glad you shared this.

  3. Freeze them what a wonderful tip! I have only done one at a time, but not now.

  4. Love roasted garlic! It's a plus that it keeps vampires away!!


    1. I don't know... some of them are pretty cute! Just sayin:@)

  5. Excellent tutorial, Lynn. Roasted garlic adds so much flavor to soups and stews. My favorite was to enjoy the roasted cloves is to spread them on crispy crackers and add a little cambozola or gorgonzola cheese.

  6. I can smell them from here! Garlic is my go to flavor so this is a definite DO for me.

  7. Lynn~ There's NO aroma better than garlic roasting, I use foil too! I hadn't thought about freezing it~ great idea :)

  8. I am excited to try this. I just happen to have a ziplock bag half full of small cloves of garlic from last years garden. I think I would do it just for the aroma, but freezing works for me too.

    Thank you so much for the tip on freezing...Did not know that AND HOW CLEVER you are!
    I do the SQUISHY HUG TOO,hehe. It works perfectly doesn't it!
    Thank you Lynn,
    Big Hugs,

  10. I love using roasted garlic in so many recipes. It is great to make a bunch ahead of time and have on hand in both the fridge and the freezer. I'm can almost smell the wonderful aroma from here!
    You do it the REAL way - I buy the large jar of whole peeled garlic, put them in small mason jars, cover with olive oil then place all the jars on a sheet pan and roast in the oven. I keep one jar out and freeze the rest. This way works quite well and eliminates all the mess. I guess you could call it the lazy man's, oops, woman's way!

  11. I love garlic so I would agree roasting it makes the house smell "pizzeria good," Lynn!:) I love to amke garlic bread, and roasted garlic works the best.

  12. Oh my, that smells so good! That's a great idea to roast a big batch to have some for later. (As long as it doesn't all get eaten, anyway.) I'm just thinking of how good that garlic is on thick slice of toasted bread- Yum! :)

  13. This I can do and it is delicious. sandie

  14. I can taste it on bread right now. Never thought about freezing it-you are clever:)

  15. Hi Lynn, I never buy cloves of garlic whole. I know, what kind of cook am I??? The kind that buys garlic in a jar already to use. I like garlic but not in great amounts. I love the way it smells when cooking but not on one's breath. HA!
    Hugs, Jeanne

  16. I love it but am never patient enough to wait for it. Definitely a great idea to put it in a freezer bag and break off what I need!

  17. I love roasted garlic but I've only done a few cloves at a time. Next time, I'm going to use the whole bulb like you do. There is nothing better on crusty bread!

  18. I am definitely going to give this a try. I love roasted garlic.

  19. This was a great post. Lots of folks have no idea how to make certain things and posts like this are really helpful. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

  20. I have never roasted garlic. I love it though. I would definitely do it your way and toss the foil! Plus, I think your mushed and frozen way would work well for me, too.

  21. New here, I love your blog and recipes. I pinned this one and just added your blog to my RSS feed. :) I can't wait to try this!


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