How to Roast Garlic Cloves and Enjoy the Bulb in Delights!

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Aug 14, 2020 08:00 AM

Roasted garlic includes a rich, deep taste, to delicious meals. One of the most usual ways for roasting garlic is to cover the entire heads of garlic, with the tops removed, covered in light-weight aluminum foil, and showered with olive oil. 

Some methods require you to peel the garlic cloves, while others don't, depending on the preference and what kind of results they want to achieve. In this article, we’re going to explore several ways on how to roast garlic.

Raw garlic has a sharp, distinctive bite to it when tasting. When sautéed, the delicious garlic flavor includes a scrumptious taste to numerous recipes. Nonetheless, when you roast garlic, its abundant deep smooth taste is sweeter as well as velvet smooth.

Whenever you want to add a rich, subtle garlic flavor into your dish, roasted garlic is what you need, all without being overpowering. Roasted garlic is perfect for blending into sauces like alfredo or pureed into condiments such as dips and hummus.

If you wonder how to roast garlic scrumptiously, then look no more since in this article we’re going to discuss some recipes on how to roast garlic!

How to roast garlic in microwave

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When it comes to garlic, you can choose either the caramelized roasted cloves directly out of the heads, or add them to pasta dishes, mash them up and spread them over toast, or mix them with sour cream for a dip.

If you are sensitive to raw garlic, you may find that roasting it will totally improve the taste to the one you desire! Follow the instructions below to learn how to roast garlic:

STEP 1. Prepare one or more whole heads of garlic and extra virgin olive oil.

STEP 2. Start by preheating your oven to 400°F (205° C).

STEP 3. Meanwhile, peel and discard the papery outer layers of the whole garlic bulb, leaving intact the skins of the individual cloves of garlic.

STEP 4. Using a sharp knife, cut 1/4 to a 1/2 inch from the top of cloves, exposing the individual cloves of garlic.

STEP 5. Next, put garlic in a baking pan or muffin tin. Place the garlic heads in a baking pan and then cut side up. A muffin pan works great for this, as it keeps the garlic bulbs from rolling around.

STEP 6. Drizzle with a couple of teaspoons of olive oil over each exposed head. Use your fingers to rub the olive oil over all the cut, exposed garlic cloves. Then, cover the garlic bulb with aluminum foil.

STEP 7. Bake at 400°F (205°C) for 30-40 minutes, or until the cloves are lightly browned and feel soft when pressed.

STEP 8. Once done, cool and remove roasted garlic cloves from their skin. Make sure you give some time for the garlic to cool off so you can touch it without burning yourself. Use a small knife to cut the skin slightly around each clove. Use a cocktail fork or your fingers to pull or squeeze the roasted garlic cloves out of their skins.

Congrats, you’ve learned how to roast garlic! Now you can feast upon the scrumptious roasted garlic as it is or mash with a fork and use for cooking.

It can also be spread over warm French bread, mixed with sour cream for a topping for baked potatoes, or mixed in with Parmesan and pasta—you choose!

How to roast garlic on the stove

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Do you know that roasting garlic cloves on the stovetop can be another great alternative for you? Grocery stores now sell pre-peeled garlic cloves, and you can still make delicious roasted garlic out of them! Follow the given instructions below to know how:

STEP 1. Take a small saucepan or skillet and pour in 6 tablespoons of olive oil. Add your whole cloves to the pan. You can roast quite a few at the same time, but make sure not to overcrowd the pan.

STEP 2. Heat the olive oil on medium for 2-3 minutes until it just begins to sizzle around the cloves. Don't let them sizzle too long or you'll start to fry the cloves.

STEP 3. Reduce heat immediately to between low and medium low. Stir well to coat the garlic cloves in hot oil. Let the garlic cook slowly for 20-30 minutes, stirring and flipping the cloves every few minutes until the cloves are soft, tender, and golden.

STEP 4. Remove cloves from the oil with a slotted spoon. Allow the oil to cool first. 

This method will also leave you with a nice garlic-infused olive oil to use for cooking or in salad dressings. You can refrigerate the oil until ready to use!

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