Garlic is a plant closely related to the onion and often used to season foods. Garlic bought at the store comes in many forms, from powder and salt to dried flakes and fresh bulbs. One of the ways to use fresh garlic is to roast the entire head in the oven. The delicious aroma of roasting garlic will fill your home, and the cooked bulbs will make a welcome addition to many of your recipes.
Preheat the oven to 204 degrees Celsius. Line a baking pan with aluminium foil. This will help make cleaning up faster.
Peel the outer layer off the garlic bulbs. Do not peel the individual bulbs. You can roast as many bulbs as the pan will hold or just one or two, depending on your taste.
Cut 1/4 inch off the top of each garlic bulb so that the top of each little bulb is exposed.
Place each garlic head in the prepared pan, cut side up. Pour 1 tsp of olive oil over each bulb, and allow it to soak into the garlic. Butter also works well in coating the cut heads.
Cover the soaked garlic with aluminium foil, and put in the oven. Bake for 35 minutes or until golden brown and soft, and then take out of the oven.
Wait 10 minutes before handling, giving the garlic bulbs time to cool. Squeeze the garlic until the mushy insides come out. Eat immediately, or use as a spread.
If you're roasting only up to six garlic bulbs, try using a muffin tin.
Tips and warnings
- If you're roasting only up to six garlic bulbs, try using a muffin tin.