How to Roast Garlic + 10 Recipes. Roasted Garlic is an amazing flavor boost for so many recipes. From soup to sandwiches, pasta and more.
The first time I ever had mashed roasted garlic was at my brother-in-law’s house. He served it as an appetizer with shaved parmesan and crusty bread. He also had strawberries with a balsamic reduction – I was in awe of his kitchen knowledge.
I went out soon after and purchased a garlic roaster. I was invested in this creamy and mellow garlic spread. It packs a lot of deep garlic flavor into dishes without a garlic bite!
How to Use a Garlic Roaster
To roast garlic in the oven using a ceramic garlic roaster is simple.
- Submerge the ceramic roaster in water for 15 minutes. The terra cotta soaks up the water and creates moisture while the garlic roasts for a smooth, spreadable end product!
- Do not peel the skin off the garlic.
- Start by slicing the top portion of the garlic head off. Then go around the edges making sure every clove of garlic has the tip chopped off to expose the top of the garlic.
- Drizzle olive oil all over the top of the head of garlic. Coating the tops evenly, letting it run down the sides.
- Place the cover on and place in a cold oven.
- Bake at 350 F for 50-60 minutes.
A simple appetizer can be assembled by layering a tiny bit of butter or olive oil, followed by a smear of garlic and a thin shaving of parmesan. Or you can let your guests build their own appetizer – spreading their own clove and adding different toppings.
You don’t have to own a garlic baker to roast garlic. Wrapping the bulbs in aluminum foil will work as well.
TIP: Include a sprig of your favorite herb like rosemary or thyme to the garlic bulb to add flavor.
How to make quick roasted garlic
The best of roasted garlic’s mellow flavors are going to come from that long and slow roast in the garlic baker. However, it is possible to roast garlic a little faster by breaking apart the bulbs, drizzling with olive oil, salt and pepper and wrapping it all up in foil. This will allow you to have roasted garlic in about 35 minutes and you’ll want to raise the oven temp to 400F.
How to store roasted garlic
If you prefer to make roasted garlic ahead of time for a recipe you are making, you can definitely do so! There are a few options:
- Store the roasted garlic in the fridge for up to 3 days.
- Remove the roasted garlic cloves from the skin and submerge them in a container with olive oil. This will last for about 2 weeks.
- Mash the roasted garlic into a paste. Cover with olive oil and store in the fridge as indicated above.
- Freeze roasted garlic cloves or roasted garlic paste.
Learn how to roast garlic with this easy recipe!
How to roast garlic and 10+ delicious recipes to serve it!
- whole head of garlic outer layer removed
- olive oil
- optional: sprig of thyme or rosemary
If you are using a ceramic/terra cotta garlic roaster, submerge it in water for 15 minutes before placing it in the oven.
Cut the top 1/4" off the garlic bulb(s).
Place in the garlic baker or on top of a sheet of aluminum foil.
Drizzle with a little olive oil. Add herb sprig, if using.
Add the lid or wrap up with foil and place in a cold oven.
Bake for 50 to 60 minutes at 350F.
Scoop the roasted bulbs out of each shell.
Use immediately or store in the fridge covered in a little olive oil for up to 1 week. You can freeze it for longer storage to use in soups. But why would you freeze this goodness?
What do you eat Roasted Garlic with?
10 Fabulous Roasted Garlic Recipes
1. Puree it! Roasted Garlic Soup
2. Bring it for Lunch! Roasted Red Pepper & Garlic Panini
3. Dip it! White Bean Dip with Roasted Garlic
4. Make a Salad! Roasted Broccoli Salad with Almonds & Roasted Garlic
5. Slather It! Avocado Toast with Roasted Garlic
6. Sauce it Up! Creamy Roasted Garlic Pasta
7. Make Pizza! Roasted Garlic & Chicken White Pizza
8. Dare to Use 40 Cloves! Hummus with 40 Cloves
9. Make a Pesto! Roasted Garlic Walnut Pesto
10. Mash it! Roasted Garlic and Caramelized Onion Mashed Potatoes
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Roasted garlic is my favorite way to eat garlic! It’s like butter. So rich and creamy. I don’t have a garlic roaster, but should probably get one…I grow lots of garlic in my garden and once the weeather is chilly I like to turn up the oven and roast garlic! I simply eat it spread on toast! I’ll have to try some of these other ways.
On pizza is my favorite way to enjoy it! And garlic has lots of health benefits!