Roasted garlic is one of my favorite things. Mostly because it's delicious, but also because it is ridiculously easy to make.
All you really need is some garlic to roast, an oven and some aluminum foil. You probably need a snack before you do it, too. Roasted garlic smells absolutely phenomenal, so it will torture you if you're hungry when you roast it. ;)
Step 1: Ingredients + Tools
- 1+ heads of garlic
- olive oil
- aluminum foil
- an oven set to 400 F
BOOM! That's it. I've also managed to roast the garlic in parchment paper, but aluminum foil works best. :)
You can also season it with salt and pepper, but I normally don't bother.
When picking out garlic, go for large firm heads. Make sure the cloves don't separate easily and there are no soft spots.
If you're going to be roasting tons at once, try to do 2-3 garlic heads per foil packet for even roasting.
Step 2: Remove the Skin From the Garlic
Using your hands, remove the excess papery skin from around the head of garlic. Anything that flakes away easily should be removed.
Step 3: Cut Off the Tops
Cut off the very top of the head of garlic - just so each of the cloves is peeking out a little. :)
Step 4: Oil the Garlic and Wrap It
Lay a sheet of aluminum foil down on your work surface and place the garlic heads on it. Pour olive oil over the cut tops so it can seep down into the garlic. :D
You just need enough to coat the whole head well.
Then wrap the garlic well in the aluminum foil. Now we're ready to roast!
Step 5: Roast It!
Throw the little foil packet on the middle rack of the oven to roast.
Roast for 40 minutes and then check the garlic - you should be able to pierce it easily with a knife. At this point it should be nice and soft and perfectly edible, but I like to take mine a little further for extra flavor.
I normally turn the oven off and leave the garlic in there for another 15-20 minutes so it gets a bit more golden.
And there you go! Amazing roasted garlic. You can honestly just squeeze a clove out of the papery skin and then spread it on bread and eat it, which I 100% recommend if you've never had it before. Soooooooo yummy.