17 February, 2011

How to roast garlic...

All too often, i come across a recipe that calls for roast garlic. Alternately, i just want to make some to eat on its own because it's super delicious... But, i always have to pull out mom's recipe card and check how to do it. It seems like it's too simple not to just remember, but! There you have it.
I hope this little tutorial will help you remember, as well as tattoo it into my own brain!

Step One: Preheat your oven to 200 degrees C (400 F).

Step Two: Pick out your head(s) of garlic. I only did one for this tutorial. Also, this was one of the heads of garlic we grew last season! We're so happy to have enough from our own crop to last until at least this summer, and it's somehow more delicious to eat the fruits of your own labor.

Step Three: Peel away the outer layers of the garlic, leaving the individual cloves' little skins intact. We don't want to roast them completely naked.

Step Four: With a knife, carefully cut off 1/4th an inch (more or less) off the tops of the cloves. I usually just lay it on its side and cut straight down so they're all even - then go around and cut the ones i missed.
*optional* eat the little leftover chopped-off bits... mmmmm garlic breath. OR save them for your anti-vampire perfume.

Step Five: Grab your muffin pan, and enough foil to enclose your head of garlic in completely. Put your garlic in the center of the foil, and place it in one of the muffin trays. Alternately, you can use an oven-safe bowl or just a regular ole cookie sheet, since you'll be covering it completely.

Step Six: Add enough olive oil to cover the cloves. About 2 Tablespoons (or less) should be enough for each head of garlic.

I usually use my finger to make sure that all the little naked tops are covered in oil...

Step Seven: Close up your foil with a little twist at the top (or however you want... a twist is easiest for me)

Once your oven is finished preheating, stick your garlic in, on the middle rack for about 25-35 minutes, depending on your oven. They're "done" when they feel soft when pressed.

Step Eight: Take your garlic out of the oven and open up its little foil blanket - and voila! Yummy, perfectly roasted garlic. Enjoy!


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