Erika Wassall, the Jersey Farm Scribe here, with a simple roasted garlic recipe that will give you a rich, flavorful ingredient that is delicious in so many food dishes. Plus, learning how to roast garlic yourself with save you money!
How To Roast Garlic
You know those tiny bottles of roasted garlic you can get at the store? They’re delicious additions to many meals. You can substitute roasted garlic for powdered garlic or fresh garlic in any recipe for a richer, nuttier flavor. But use store bought roasted garlic once or twice a week and it’ll skyrocket your food bill! So here is how to roast garlic yourself and get this rich, restaurant-quality flavor in your home cooked meals. Home roasted garlic is quick, it’s easy, it’s cheap and it’s even better than the stuff at the store! Plus, garlic not is not just flavorful- it is good for you too:)
Roasted Garlic Ingredients:
- Olive oil
- Pepper (optional)
This roasted garlic recipe is just as easy to make for one garlic bulb as it is to make 10 roasted garlic bulbs. I’ll give you a GREAT way to store the extra roasted garlic in the end, so go ahead and make a bunch!
Cut the pointy end off the end of the garlic. I try to cut at an angle, because then you expose more of the garlic inside, but it’s not critical.
Place the garlic bulbs on aluminum foil and Pour Olive Oil on top, just enough to cover the exposed areas.
Top with fresh ground pepper. Optional of course.
Close the foil up. It doesn’t need to be fancy here. Don’t worry about the tops touching to foil. It shouldn’t be wrapped TOO tight to the garlic bulbs themselves, but you really don’t need to stress exactly how it’s closed. Just make it so air won’t escape.
Put in 450 degree oven for about 30 minutes. I like to adjust this because I’m usually making this while I’m making something else. The oven temp can be a little lower or higher. Anywhere from 400 to 475 will work. In my oven on 450, it takes about 30 minutes. But you can test for done-ness by opening the foil (carefully!) and poke it! If the garlic gives easily and feels soft, it’s done! (but wrap it back up for this next step)
Take it out of the oven, but let it sit on the counter (still wrapped in foil) for anywhere from 20 minutes to 3 hours. This makes the mashing MUCH easier.
Squeeze the garlic cloves out. Literally. They’ll pop right out. If any of the little pockets didn’t get exposed you’ll need to cut them to let the garlic escape.
Add about ½ tablespoon of olive oil and ¼ teaspoon of salt for each garlic bulb and MASH MASH MASH! Get a fork and mash it up! It’ll seem like it’s not coming together at first, but keep mashing. Within probably 5-7 minutes, it’ll turn into a sort of paste.
THAT’S IT. Now you know how to roast garlic- it’s easy, cheap, and delicious.
Seriously folks, I could eat this stuff with a spoon! It’s a rich garlic flavor, with NONE of the bitter harshness. It’s smooth and garlicky and AMAZING!
BEST Garlic-Cheese Bread Recipe with Roasted Garlic:
Get a loaf of good bread (or better yet, make my 5-Ingredient Easy French Bread), cut that in half, spread this and some butter on top and sprinkle with mozzarella cheese. Pop it in the over for 10 minutes… ummm… yeah, that’ll be the BEST garlic-cheese bread you’ve ever eaten.
How To Store Homemade Roasted Garlic:
If you don’t use it all at once, roasted garlic keeps GREAT in the fridge for a solid two weeks (remember, it’s basically packed in olive oil). It may even keep longer, but that’s the longest I’ve ever had it.
So here’s a great way to store it: You’re gonna make a sort of pastry bag. Get a sandwich baggie. Shovel the roasted garlic in there. Close the bag and squish the roasted garlic down to the bottom. Then snip off the corner of the baggie when you are ready to use it. Store that baggie in ANOTHER baggie (to keep it from drying out or making a mess) and you can just squeeze out however much you need!!
Homemade Roasted Garlic Saves You Money And Tastes Better
This roasted garlic recipe is a keeper guys. I probably do this twice a week because I love the taste, and I hate paying $6-$9 for what I would use in ONE meal. For that much money, I can make a bucket full!
Here’s my quick breakdown for those of you who would rather have a bullet point recipe.
Printable Roasted Garlic Recipe
I hope you enjoyed learning how to roast garlic. I am sure you will love the rich caramelized flavor of homemade roasted garlic! What are your favorite recipes that use roasted garlic ?