There is nothing quite like roasted garlic. It has a deep, earthy flavor that can transform any dish from bland to delicious. Roasting garlic is a simple process, but it does take some time. It’s flavorful, and aromatic, and adds a delicious depth of flavor to any dish. It’s also easy to roast garlic, so there’s no excuse not to add it to your next meal.
All about Roasted Garlic
If you’re looking for a way to make your dishes taste better, roasted garlic is the secret ingredient you’ve been searching for. Roasting garlic brings out its natural sweetness and fragrance. Roasted garlic is a delicious and versatile ingredient that you can add to a variety of dishes.
It has a mellow, nutty flavor that enhances soups, sauces, marinades, and even salads. It is easy to mash roasted garlic into a paste and spread it onto bread or mix it into dips and dressings. You can also add it whole to dishes such as roasted vegetables or pasta.
This roasted garlic paste recipe is a quick and easy way to have delicious caramelized and roasted garlic, ready to use in multiple recipes. Experiment with incorporating roasted garlic into your cooking for a tasty addition.
Ingredients You’ll Need for Roasted Garlic
- Heads of garlic
- Olive oil
How to Make Roasted Garlic
- Preheat the oven to 365 degrees F.
- Cut the top off of the head of garlic. Cut just enough to expose the garlic cloves.
- Drizzle a bit of olive oil on each head of garlic and cover each head with aluminum foil. Close well.
- Place the wrapped garlic heads on the oven tray and bake at 365 degrees F for 1 hour.
- Remove the tray from the oven and let the garlic cool to room temperature.
- Remove the aluminum foil and squish the garlic heads to extract the roasted garlic cloves into a bowl.
- Add the rest of the olive oil and salt to the bowl.
- Smash the mixture with a fork until it reaches a creamy consistency.
- Store in a glass jar with a bit of olive oil on top.
Tips, Variations, and Ideas for Using Roasted Garlic
Here are some tips and variations to try with your next batch of roasted garlic:
- Choose heads of garlic that are firm and have the outer skin intact.
- Try out different types of garlic, such as black garlic or elephant garlic.
- Don’t throw out the garlic skins. You can use them to infuse oils or to give extra flavor to stock.
- Whenever you use some roasted garlic paste from the jar, cover the remaining paste with more olive oil to ensure it stays fresh and doesn’t get moldy.
- For variations, add some herbs to the roasted garlic paste to change the flavor. You could try parsley, thyme, chives, rosemary, or chili flakes. But you may also want to keep it plain and have more options available whenever you want to use it.
Here are some ideas for using roasted garlic:
- Spread the roasted garlic paste onto crusty bread for a delicious appetizer.
- Use roasted garlic as a condiment on sandwiches or as a topping on pizza.
- Use roasted garlic in place of raw garlic in any recipe for a more mellow and subtle flavor.
- Add roasted garlic paste to mashed potatoes for a tasty and easy side dish.
Roasted Garlic FAQs
Can I use pre-minced garlic in place of roasted garlic?
While it may be convenient, pre-minced garlic does not have the same depth of flavor as roasted garlic. Roasting brings out a sweeter, richer taste that cannot be achieved with raw or pre-minced garlic.
Should I peel the garlic before roasting?
It is not necessary to peel the garlic before roasting; you can leave the cloves intact in their papery skins and roast as directed. The skins will come off after roasting, allowing for easy removal of the cloves.
How long can I store roasted garlic in the fridge?
This roasted garlic can last for up to 1 month in the fridge. Let it cool completely before storing it. Keep it covered in olive oil and sealed in a jar to preserve freshness.
Can I freeze the roasted garlic?
Yes, the roasted garlic can last for up to 6 months in the freezer. Fill an ice tray with the roasted garlic, let it freeze, and then remove the garlic cubes. Store the garlic cubes in a sealed zipper bag in the freezer. Then it will be portioned out and ready to use.
Other Garlic Recipes
- Cheesy Garlic Hasselback Potatoes
- Roasted Garlic Asiago Cheese Ball
- Garlic Bread Cheese Dip
- Garlic Shrimp Alfredo
Roasted garlic is a delicious and easy way to add depth of flavor to your dishes. With a few simple steps and ingredients, you can have roasted garlic on hand to enhance any meal. Experiment with different variations and don’t forget to store it in the proper way for maximum freshness. And if you’re looking for more garlic inspiration, try out some of the recipe ideas listed above. Happy roasting and enjoy all the deliciousness that roasted garlic brings to your dishes.
- 4 heads of garlic
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- Cut the top of the head of garlic, only a bit, enough to expose the garlic cloves.
- Cover the garlic heads with aluminum foil. Before closing it drizzle a bit of the olive oil on each. Close well.
- Place in the oven tray and bake at 365 F for one hour.
- Once the hour has passed, remove from the oven and let cool to room temperature.
- Squish the garlic heads to extract the roasted garlic cloves.
- Put the roasted garlic cloves in a bowl, and add the rest of the olive oil and salt to it.
- Smash it with the help of a fork until you achieve a creamy consistency.
- Store in a crystal container with a bit of olive oil on top.
You can add some herbs to the roasted garlic paste to change the flavor, like parsley, thyme, chives, and chili flakes… but I like to keep it plain and have more options available whenever I want to use it.
Whenever you use it, make sure to cover the rest with more olive oil to ensure it stays fresh and does not get moldy.
It can last for 1 month stored in the fridge or up to 6 months in the freezer. If you want to freeze it, the best is to fill an ice tray with it, let it freeze, and then remove the garlic cubes.
Store the garlic cubes in a ziplock bag in the freezer, this way you’ll have it portioned out and ready to use.