How to Make Roasted Garlic: A Step-by-Step Guide
The sharp bite of fresh garlic is tamed when roasted. The cloves become soft and golden, and they take on a pleasant sweetness. To make your own roasted garlic, start with several entire heads.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
With a sharp or serrated knife, cut away the tip of the garlic, exposing the individual cloves. Use the tips of the cloves as you would fresh garlic, or discard if desired.
Rub the exposed edges of the garlic with olive oil, and arrange the heads in a baking dish or other ovenproof pan, cut side up.
Cover the garlic with aluminum foil and place in the preheated oven. Roast for 45 to 60 minutes, or until golden and fragrant. Remove and allow to cool.
The roasted garlic cloves can be removed and used in pastas, soups and sauces. Or, for a quick puree, simply squeeze the entire head to extrude the softened garlic cloves into a bowl, then mash. It makes a delicious appetizer spread onto toasted baguette rounds.