Garlic is a great ingredient.  However, roasted garlic is an amazing ingredient.  Roasting garlic brings out its natural sweetness and takes the bitterness away.  One of the most popular questions that I receive is, “How do you roast garlic”?  Hopefully today’s post will answer your questions.

So tasty that you can eat it straight from the oven.
So tasty that you can eat it straight from the oven.

Roasted Garlic

  • 1 head of garlic
  • 1 tbs olive oil

Roasted garlic is not as hard as it may sound.    Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.

Make sure that your head of garlic is tight and not loose or opened up.
Make sure that your head of garlic is tight and not loose or opened up.

Take your head of garlic and cut the top 1/2 inch off.  This will reveal all of the cloves.  Try to cut it straight across.

As you can see, I didn't cut it straight across.  I tried.  :(
As you can see, I didn't cut it straight across. I tried. 🙁

I like to place the garlic on a piece of foil on a sheet or cake pan.  I form a edge of foil surround the garlic.  This makes for easy clean up.

 

I tried to make a bowl or at least an edge to keep the oil near the garlic
I tried to make a bowl or at least an edge to keep the oil near the garlic

Now pour the olive oil over the cloves.  This will help with the browning.

Just like popeye, I love Olive Oil and I might have used just a little bit more than a tbs.  Oops.
Just like popeye, I love Olive Oil and I might have used just a little bit more than a tbs. Oops.

Place in the preheated oven for 30-40 minutes.  When the cloves are browned and popping up out of the skins it is ready. Remove it from the oven and let sit for 5 minutes.  This should give it enough time to cool, so that you don’t burn yourself.

The olive oil allows the garlic to carmelize a bit.  Adds to the sweetness.
The olive oil allows the garlic to carmelize a bit. Adds to the sweetness.

Once it has had time to cool a bit, the cloves come right out of the skins. Remove and use with butter for the best garlic bread ever.  Use it top pizzas, add to pasta, or make roasted garlic mayonaise.

Roasted Garlic Mayonaise – Quick and dirty edition

  • 1 cup store bought mayonaise – I know we will make it from scratch in the future. 
  • 4 cloves of roasted garlic
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper

Place the garlic cloves in a bowl and mash them up with a fork.  If they are still a little warm, it makes it a bit easier.

Mash them up with the tines of a fork.
Mash them up with the tines of a fork.

Then add the mayonaise, salt and pepper.  Mix with a fork or a whisk until all of the ingredients are incorporated.

Add remaining ingredients
Add remaining ingredients

Eat on burgers, fries or even a turkey sandwich.  Mmm.

 

Roasted Garlic Mayo is awesome on everything.
Roasted Garlic Mayo is awesome on everything.

Roasted garlic is awesome.  I hope you try it out.  It works with almost anything.  You should try it with bacon on a pizza.

Rex is an avid griller, barbecuer and bacon enthusiast. He is the Pitmaster for the Rex BBQ competition team. Rex was also featured on the TV show American Grilled. If you have any questions or wish to have Rex decode your favorite dish, click on the ASK REX link in the menu above.

3 Comments

  1. I LOVE roasted garlic! i normally don't put any mayo in it. I just spread the roasted garlic over my burger buns or even spread it over my roast chicken with some herbs.. and SO delicious! this is a great post!!!!

    • Resh, I agree about just spreading it onto the hamburger buns. Sometimes I just eat the roasted cloves straight. Call me crazy, but it tastes great.

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