September 1, 2015

Roasted Garlic 101

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When you want garlicky goodness without sharpness, roasted garlic is the answer. This is an essential recipe in your kitchen arsenal. Dressings, dips, spreads, sandwiches, soups and stews all benefit from roasted garlic.

1 head garlic
Extra virgin olive oil to taste

Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C).

Discard any loose papery husks on head of garlic. Cut thin slice off top, exposing some cloves. Place garlic on square of foil. Lightly drizzle oil over exposed cloves. Pull up sides of foil and wrap garlic tightly.

Roast in preheated oven 45 minutes, or until cloves are soft and golden. Unwrap. Let sit until cool enough to handle.

To use, separate garlic head into cloves, then squeeze flesh out of skins.

Makes 1 head.

Tool Time: I own a clay garlic baker, but find the foil method is just as easy.

Oh No: Do not overcook the garlic or the exterior cloves will become leathery.

Make-Ahead: You can roast garlic in advance and save it for up to 3 days. Refrigerate the head, the separated cloves or the squeezed-out cloves, as desired. Wrap a whole head of garlic in plastic; store separated cloves in a zip-lock bag; or save the squeezed-out garlic in a small storage tub.


Roasted Garlic For Cheaters
If you need roasted garlic in a hurry, turn to the microwave. The garlic won’t have the same mellow flavour, but it will be ready for you in less than 10 minutes. Place prepped head of garlic in baking dish just large enough to hold it. Lightly drizzle exposed cloves with oil. Add 1 tbsp. (15 mL) water. Cover. Microwave on medium power 5 minutes. Poke with skewer to test tenderness. Continue to microwave on medium power in 1-minute increments, until very soft and squeezable. Remove from baking dish. Let sit until cool enough to handle. (I use a tiny baking dish. Beware of hot steam when removing the lid.)