Tips For Making Roasted Garlic

Food/Cooking - Cooking
By: bossypants    
05-Feb-2011

Introduction:If you've ever had roasted garlic, you know the roasting process mellows the flavor and creates a creamy texture. Garlic paste is fabulous on toasted bread or rolls and is great added to mashed potatoes. Once you try this easy method for roasting garlic, you'll find plenty of ways to use it!

  • 01

    Prepare the Garlic

    Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Use fresh heads of whole garlic. Wipe the garlic head to remove any dirt and remove any loose paper skin form the garlic. Don't peel the garlic. With a sharp knife, slice off just the very top of the garlic head so the tops of the cloves are exposed.

  • 02

    Wrap the Garlic

    Use a large piece of aluminum foil to wrap the garlic head(s). Wrap the foil loosely around the garlic and fold and seal the edges of the foil.

  • 03

    Roast the Garlic

    Put the foil packet of garlic on the center rack of the preheated oven. You can put the foil directly on the wire rack or, if it's more convenient, place the packet on a baking sheet. Roast the garlic for 1 hour at 350 degrees. Don't forget to use gloves or a pot holder when removing the foil packet! Allow the packet to cool slightly so you can unwrap the garlic.

  • 04

    Squeeze the Garlic

    When the garlic is cool enough to handle, use your hand to squeeze the head of garlic and release the roasted garlic paste onto a plate or into a bowl. A butter knife may be useful to separate the last of the paste from the head.

  • 05

    Use the Garlic Paste

    Use the paste immediately or store it in the refrigerator for later use. You can discard the garlic head but a better idea would be to save it in the freezer for the next time you make soup stock. There's still some good flavor left in that garlic that will make your delicious stock even better!





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