Homemade roasted garlic is simple and incredibly useful. Plus, I guarantee it will make your house smell incredible.
In under an hour, you can have versatile roasted garlic to use. Here are a few ideas:
- Rosemary roasted garlic bread (YES)
- Roasted garlic hummus
- In a jarred tomato sauce to make it taste homemade
- Simply smeared on nice baguette or crackers
When I think about roasted garlic, I’m reminded of one of my favorite restaurants, The Garlic, in Killington, VT. My family used to take a ski vacation each year to Killington (and my Dad was a volunteer mountain ambassador there, so we’d occasionally squeeze in a few extra trips – even from NJ). The restaurant had ropes of whole garlic bulbs hanging from the ceiling and a giant (probably 3 feet wide) lit candle statue in the middle of the restaurant. Aside from the mouth-watering pork Osso Bucco, a highlight for me was the free appetizer. Some restaurants bring you a few rolls and you’re lucky if they’re warmed. At The Garlic, they bring warm homemade bread and a full bulb of roasted garlic. It’s so soft and creamy you just scoop out some garlic and spread it all over the bread. Absolute heaven.
Now, you can have this experience at home.
All you have to do is chop off the top of a head of garlic, add a little olive oil, wrap it up and toss it in the oven.
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 45 minutes
- Total Time: 50 minutes
- Full head of garlic
- 2 tsp olive oil
- Aluminum foil
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Cut off the top of the garlic and remove outer layers that easily rub off.
- Place on a square of aluminum foil and drizzle with olive oil and wrap tightly.
- Place directly on the oven rack and bake 40-45 minutes, until fragrant and soft.
- Let cool and squeeze out all the roasted garlic.