Recipe: Roasted Garlic

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This is a great way to use up Garlic that’s beginning to get old. (You can tell it’s getting old when you cut it and it’s beginning to sprout. See second picture down.) This is one of my favorite things to eat in the world, enjoy!

You will need:

1. Garlic

2. Olive Oil

3. Aluminum Foil

3. Oven safe dish

4. Salt and pepper

1. Cut Garlic bulbs 1/4 inch from top with a SHARP knife.

2. Set cut garlic bulbs in Aluminum foils squares that can wrap around bulbs completely.

3. Pour extra virgin olive oil over bulbs until oil begins to spill over. (Don’t put much more in!)

4. Make sure each bulb is saturated. (I recommend you keep the olive oil, it will be Garlic flavored and great for dipping bread into!).

5. Wrap each bulb up, making sure they are covered, put in oven safe container.

6. Cook in 375 degree oven until garlic is very soft and caramelized looking. (45 minutes to an hour normally.)

Tonight I had this on toasted french bread with a little sea salt. It was amazing! But my other favorite way to prepare it is to get a good quality blue cheese, fresh basil and a baguette. Slice and toast the baguette, smear some blue cheese, roasted garlic and a tiny bit of basil. It is really heaven in your mouth. Be careful though, one time I ate two entire bulbs of garlic and they almost sent me home from work the next day. Oops!

Please let me know if you have a good recipe using roasted garlic, I’d love to post it here.


  1. Liz commented on February 27th, 2010 at 12:37 am

    wow, that looks and sounds delicious! QUESTION, when HAS garlic gone bad? At the first sign of sprouting or does it not really matter as long as it tastes good?

  2. Melanie commented on February 27th, 2010 at 10:10 pm

    When garlic has gone really bad you can easily smoosh the bulb and it is almost powdery. Clearly throw it away then. Before that stage it will start to get brown spots and soften up. It’s still totally usable though. Just cut off the brown spots. As it ages will will lose some of it’s flavor, so you may need to use more. (That is why the pre peeled garlic cloves suck. There is no potency in them. Yuck!)

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