Learn how to make Roasted Garlic on the grill or in the oven! Roasting garlic is easy and can be used in lots of different recipes. The cloves caramelize and sweeten when roasted giving any dish that you add them to a delicious flavor.
Sometimes it’s really simple things that can take a recipe to the next level and one of those things is roasted garlic! Something amazing happens when you roast garlic cloves – the heat caramelizes the cloves, softens them, and mellows the flavor so they are so sweet and delicious.
It’s really easy to do in the oven or on a grill and you only need three ingredients. Once you learn how to make it, you’ll want to make it all the time. It keeps well in the fridge and you can add it to so many things to give them a sweet, caramelized garlic flavor.
Roasted Garlic Recipe
- 1 head of garlic
- Olive oil
Prep the garlic: Remove the loose papery skin from the outside of the garlic. Slice off the top of the garlic – just enough to expose the tops of the cloves. This will make it easy to squeeze the garlic out once it’s cooked.
Wrap: Place the garlic on a piece of foil. Drizzle the olive oil over the top and then wrap it in the foil. I usually pull the foil up around the bulb and loosely twist the edges together at the top.
How to Roast Garlic in the Oven: Preheat the oven to 400°F. Place the wrapped garlic directly on the oven rack (if you’re worried about oil leaking out you can place it on a baking sheet, too). Roast the garlic for 40 minutes or until the cloves are very soft and light golden in color.
How to Roast Garlic on the Grill: Heat the grill to 400°F. Once the grill is heated, place the wrapped garlic over a spot with indirect heat. You don’t want it directly over the flames otherwise it will burn. Close the lid and roast it for 40 minutes or until soft and caramelized.
Cool and Squeeze: Take the garlic out of the oven (or off the grill) and let it cool until you can easily handle it. Squeeze the garlic from the root end to push the cooked cloves out onto a cutting board.
At this point, you can use the cloves whole or you can mash them to create garlic paste.
How to Store Roasted Garlic
A whole roasted garlic bulb will keep for three to four days in the refrigerator. Or, you can store the cloves in some olive oil in an airtight container and they will keep for a week to 10 days.
You can also freeze the whole roasted cloves. Place them in an even layer on a baking sheet and freeze them for 20 to 30 minutes. Then, transfer them to a freezer-safe container and they will keep for a few months.
You can use roasted garlic in place of raw garlic, but you can usually use more because it’s not as pungent as raw garlic. It’s sweeter and will add a more complex flavor to the dishes you add it to. The possibilities are endless but here are some ideas:
- Sauces: Add to your favorite marinara sauce, pizza sauce, pesto, Alfredo… basically any sauce that already has garlic as an ingredient. It’s also great in homemade salad dressing. Just mash it up and whisk it in.
- Potatoes: Mix it into your twice baked potatoes or use it to make garlic mashed potatoes.
- Spread: Combine it with butter and spread it on bread to make garlic bread or combine it with some cream cheese for your bagels and toast.
- Pasta: Toss hot spaghetti with olive oil, shredded Parmesan cheese, and roasted garlic for a really delicious and easy pasta dish. Add the whole cloves to spaghetti and meatballs, chicken Alfredo, or add them to your favorite baked pasta dishes.
- Pizza: Add chopped roasted garlic as a topping on your favorite pizza.
- Dips: It can be added to different dips like salsa, French onion dip, guacamole… anything that would pair with delicious sweet roasted garlic!
These are just a few ideas! Once you make it, you’ll find all kinds of ways to put it to use. It’s so easy to make I like to make some every few weeks just so I have it on hand to add to different recipes. I hope you give it a try – I think you’ll love it!
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Roasted Garlic Recipe
- 1 head of garlic
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- Pinch of salt
- Remove loose skin from the garlic. Cut about ¼ inch off the top of the garlic to expose the top of the cloves. This will allow you to squeeze out the garlic easier. Pour the olive oil on top of the garlic. Wrap the garlic in aluminum foil.
- Pre-heat barbeque to 400°. Cook over indirect heat for about 40 minutes until the garlic cloves are soft.
- You can use the garlic to spread on toast
- Use the garlic to make garlic mashed potatoes
- You can use in many dishes you make and it adds a little sweeter flavor
Roasted Garlic is SO good and super easy to do. The cloves caramelize and sweeten when roasted giving any dish that you add them to a delicious flavor.
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