Roasted Garlic should be a staple in every kitchen, in my humble opinion! Not only does it have an amazing, rich, and nutty flavor, it creates an aroma like no other throughout your kitchen as it bakes–reason alone to read on and learn how to make it!
Arrange a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat the oven to 375°F.
Remove any excess and loose outer, papery skin from each garlic bulb. Do not remove too much skin as the cloves still need to be held together.
Use a sharp knife to slice about ¼-½” off the pointed top of each garlic bulb, revealing the raw cloves.
Arrange the garlic heads, cut side up, on a large piece of aluminum foil placed inside a small roasting pan or dish and nestle them together tightly so that they hold each other up. Drizzle the cut side of each head lightly with some olive oil, then sprinkle each head with salt and freshly-ground black pepper.
Tent the aluminum foil over the heads of garlic and ensure that it is sealed well so that the garlic is able to steam.
Roast for about 45 to 60 minutes or until the garlic cloves are tender and golden brown.
Remove pan from oven. Once the garlic is cool enough to handle, squeeze out the roasted cloves and use or store. Buon Appetito!
If desired, the oil, salt and pepper can all be eliminated from this recipe with great success.
If you prefer more intense caramelized roasted garlic with a stronger, concentrated flavor, open the foil tent about halfway through the roasting process.
Roasted Garlic freezes well! Squeeze all of the roasted cloves out of each head of garlic and store them in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 2 months. (But, honestly, I would be surprised if it lasted that long…)
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