July 24, 2007

How to Roast Garlic


Ingredients:
1 whole head garlic, loose skin discarded, top removed
olive oil
salt
pepper

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350. Brush the garlic with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place the head of garlic on a baking sheet or in a well of a cupcake pan, cover in foil. Another good way to roast garlic is in a food safe clay pot (with lid so you can skip the foil step) that has been soaked for 15 minutes. Bake for 35 minutes. Allow to cool, then use a fork to pull the cloves out of the skin.
My thoughts:
Roasted garlic has a very mellow flavor that is great spread on bread, pita or used in pastas. It is one of those simple ingredients that can really add something special to a dish.

Note: before I get overwhelmed with questions, the item pictured about is a cute garlic shaped clay garlic baker that I picked up at Ikea for $1.