How to Roast Garlic
Buttery, caramelized garlic adds a sweet, mellow complexity and depth to many dishes. It's also really easy to make.
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When you roast whole heads of garlic in the oven, each clove becomes creamy, caramelized and buttery soft. Roasted garlic is sweet and surprisingly mellow, and really easy to make. Here's how to do it.
Choose and Trim Your Garlic
Start with whole heads of garlic. The cloves should feel firm and the bulbs should be tightly closed with no brown spots. Avoid garlic that is sprouting. Peel away a few of the papery outer layers while keeping the bulb intact. Slice about 1/2 inch off the top, just enough to expose the cloves.
Season the Garlic
Place the garlic cut-side up on a piece of aluminum foil, then drizzle with olive oil and a sprinkle of kosher salt. If you like, add a few sprigs of fresh herbs.
Roast Until Golden and Fragrant
Fold the foil over the garlic and seal the edges tightly to make a packet. Place the packet on a baking sheet and roast at 400 degrees F for 45 minutes to 1 hour. Remove the packet from the oven and let rest until cool enough to handle. The roasted garlic should be golden and caramelized, with tender cloves that have pulled away from the peel.
Squeeze It Out
Once cool, the cloves will easily squeeze out. Spread roasted garlic on toasted bread, mix it into mashed potatoes or soup, or toss with pasta. The garlicky possibilities are endless--and you didn't have to peel a single clove!