You're planning on making mashed potatoes to go with dinner, or biscuits to go with soup, or you feel like making pizza for dinner. All are good as is. But think how yummy they all would be with fresh roasted garlic.
Step 1: What You Need
First and foremost, you need a good head of garlic. The grocery store I shop at has the garlic heads in a large basket. I dig through the heads until I find one that looks nice and is big enough for what I need.
You will also need some olive oil, salt, pepper, and aluminum foil.
Also, a hot oven set to 350 F.
Step 2: This Is What We Do
Start by cutting off the top of the garlic head.
Place the remaining head on a piece of aluminum foil large enough to wrap it in.
Pour some olive oil over the top, allowing some to sink into the garlic and run down the sides. This helps the garlic to stay moist and not dry out. If you like, sprinkle some salt and pepper on top.
Wrap up in the aluminum and pop it in the oven.
Let it roast at least an hour or until the cloves of garlic have gone soft and mushy.
Step 3: Enjoy!
When the garlic is done roasting you should be able to squeeze the majority of the garlic out of the skin. Whatever you can't squeeze out of the top you can cut out.
Let your imagination go wild now! Add it to sauces and pasta dishes, rub it on steak, fold it into bread dough before baking, mash it in with your mashed potatoes, spread it on pizza dough. And if you really love garlic, feel free to eat it as is. Roasted garlic is smoother on the palate than raw garlic.