Roast garlic is easy to make at home and a great way to level up your cooking game! This tutorial will show you how to make the perfect oven-roasted garlic and make garlic lovers out of anybody.
“Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you who you are.” –Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin
Garlic is a well-known staple of cooking and has been pretty much since the dawn of time. Its flavor has become the base of many recipes, as a matter of fact, it’s hard to find a savory recipe that doesn’t start with sauteed onions and garlic.
And though is a tried and true item, used and loved, by chefs and home cooks alike, and used in nearly every cuisine of food. And we are all aware of its flavor and millions of uses, and how it completes basically perfectly. There is still one awesome use for garlic that is often overlooked and seldom used. And that is roasting it!
If you thought garlic was amazing wait until you try roasting it. Roasting garlic couldn’t be easier to do, and it makes both garlic and the recipes that call for it a million times better! Seriously roast garlic is bursting with rich and bold flavors, it’s full of depth, and it can turn any recipe from good to amazing in less than half an hour. Not to mention it’s a great way to use up extra garlic, and take your cooking to the next level. Plus it’s an easy way to get kids to eat garlic, and it’s just plain addictive!
Now I’m not saying you have to love roast garlic, you don’t have to get to the point where you literally just spread the roast cloves on toast or crusty bread as I do(it’s amazing by the way, don’t judge me.) But if you do a lot of cooking, or you love dishes with rich flavor I would highly suggest you try roasting garlic at least once.
Do it today, and swap it in for the raw garlic in what you are cooking for supper tonight. Seriously give this a try next time you cook something that calls for garlic. It’s one of the best and easiest ways to up your cooking game and add a little extra wow to old favorites.
What to do with roast garlic?
If you hadn’t gathered from the above, you can do pretty much anything with roast garlic. Roast garlic can in used in place of fresh garlic or even garlic powder in any recipe.
You can make garlic paste and add it to butter or hummus(roasted garlic hummus is delicious and one of our favorites). Add it to soups, stews, or chowders. You can mix them into broth or salad dressings to give them a rich flavor.
It can be added to marinades and sauces. Basically, you can add or use roast garlic in any of your favorite recipes, You can even throw it into recipes that don’t call for garlic at all, in watch them come alive in a way you never thought possible before.
If you are looking for some easy great ways to use up roast garlic. Here are some of my favorite dishes to try!
- Garlic Bread
- Roasted Garlic Aioli
- Garlic Confit
- Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Are there health benefits to roasting garlic?
I am not a doctor or health care professional, these findings are based on my own research. Please also contact your doctor and do your own research when it comes to your health and the possible benefits of certain foods
While we all know raw garlic is packed full of amazing health benefits. With its antibiotic properties and helps to boost your immune system, it has also been known to help high blood pressure and cholesterol levels. And eating raw garlic cloves has become a bit of a craze lately. So you might be wondering does roast garlic has the same health benefits or any at all.
Roasting garlic does unfortunately cause the garlic to lose some of its healthy benefits. But roast garlic is known to still be benefice to your health. And can still help with controlling blood pressure, as well as helping to protect the body from viral and bacterial infections.
Even though raw garlic is better and should be the first choice if you are looking to get the most benefits out of eating garlic. Roast garlic on a whole is still good for you and packed full of goodness.
How to roast garlic at home
There are many different ways to make roast garlic, including on the stove top or in an air fryer. But personally, I find this oven-roasted version to be the best way to make roasted garlic.
- large heads of fresh garlic (I usually make 2 whole heads of garlic)
- oil – I use olive oil
- sea salt
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
Using your hands brush any dirt off the bulbs of garlic, and gently remove the outer papery layer of the peel.
With a sharp knife cut off the top of the bulb. Try not to cut down too far, the goal is just to expose the tops of all the cloves.
Place the blubs on a piece of aluminum foil, drizzle them with a decent amount of oil, and sprinkle them with sea salt. Wrap the bulbs tightly in the foil, making sure that all the edges or firmly closed to avoid any oil spilling out. You want the piece of foil to the tight around the garlic head, not lose like a foil packet.
You can either place the garlic on a baking sheet, or a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, or directly on the rack of your oven(which is what I do.) or even set it in a muffin tin. Place it in the hot oven and bake for 30-35 min or until the garlic is golden brown and aromatic.
Remove from the oven and allow the garlic bulb to cool completely. Then using your hands gently squeeze the bulb to push the cloves out.
Or if you would like the cloves to remain whole. Gently peel around the cloves and carefully remove them from the bulb.
Discard the remaining peel and blub and use the cloves as you would raw garlic.
How to Store Roast Garlic
Roast should never be stored at room temperature. If you aren’t planning on using your garlic within a couple of hours of roasting it. You should transfer your garlic to an airtight container, small jar, or sandwich bag and place it in the fridge.
Roast garlic will last in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. Or it can be stored in a freezer-safe bag and frozen for up to 1 month.
Easy Roast Garlic
- 2 larges bulbs fresh garlic
- olive oil I use extra virgin olive oil
- sea salt
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
- Using your hands brush any dirt off the bulbs of garlic, and gently remove the outer papery layer of the peel.
- With a sharp knife cut off the top of the bulb. Try not to cut down too far, the goal is just to expose the tops of all the cloves.
- Place the blubs on a piece of aluminum foil, drizzle them with a decent amount of oil, and sprinkle them with sea salt. Wrap the bulbs tightly in the foil, making sure that all the edges or firmly closed to avoid any oil spilling out.
- *Place the wrapped heads of garlic directly on the rack of your preheated oven and bake for 30-35 min or until the garlic is golden brown and aromatic.
- Remove from the oven and allow the garlic bulb to cool completely.
- Then using your hands gently squeeze the bulb to push the cloves out. Or if you would like the cloves to remain whole. Gently peel around the cloves and carefully remove them from the bulb.
- Discard the remaining peel and blub and use as you would raw garlic.