Joy the Baker

How to Roast Garlic

February 3, 2011

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If feeling:

lonely, bored, restless, hungry, smell deprived, sleep deprived, cold, greedy, kooky, crazy, cabin fevery, sun deprived, snow deprived, sullen, extraordinary, sluggish or spicy…

Might I suggest turning up the oven and roasting a bulb of garlic?

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Hello, garlic.

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I’m gonna chop your head off and put oil in your brains.

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Salt and pepper.  Salt and pepper.  Salt and pepper.  Salt and pepper and paper.

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Wrap it up.  Tie it up.

I used parchment paper and a kitchen string.  If you want to use foil… you totally should.  I was out.  I got creative.

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When roasted, garlic turn into something sweet, aromatic, creamy, spreadable and utterly dream worthy.  Your breath will still me an absolute nightmare… but  just deal with it.

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I hid my freshly roasted garlic in between butter and mashed avocado on this (burnt) toast.  I didn’t need the butter or the avocado… but I like layers of delicious.  I also like burnt toast.

How to Roast Garlic

Makes:  one head of garlic

Print this Recipe!

1 head of garlic

about 2 tablespoons olive oil

about 1/2 teaspoon coarse sea salt

about 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

Place a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 400 degrees F.  Place a baking sheet in the oven as the oven preheats.

If your garlic head is covered in several layers of white skin, peal off a few layers.  Keep several layers around to hold the head together.  With a sharp knife, cut the top off the head of garlic exposing a bit of each each clove of garlic.

Place garlic head in a piece of foil or parchment paper.  Drizzle olive oil on top.  Top with a generous sprinkling of salt and pepper.  Seal the foil around the garlic or parchment paper.  If using parchment paper, use a kitchen string to seal the little package.

Place on the pan in the oven and roast for 30 to 40 minutes, or until completely tender when poked with a fork or knife.

Allow to cool slightly before spreading on toast or adding to pasta.  It’s delicious.


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