How To Roast Garlic Bulbs

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This recipe post is about how to roast garlic bulbs and just some of the myriad of ways to enjoy roasted garlic in your favorite cuisines. 

Never tried roasted garlic?  It is a treat.  Roasted garlic is sweet and mild, unlike its raw version that can be pungent.  And if you are not careful when using raw garlic, you may find yourself alone due to having had broadcasted bad breath.

Roasting garlic bulbs is soooo very easy.  Just cut off the tops, remove some of the papery skin, pour olive oil on the exposed cloves and roast.


The Recipe

Tools:  A terra cotta clay pot with lid OR alluminum foil


  • 4 garlic bulbs

  • Olive oil

  • Salt and pepper to taste (optional)


Remove a few of the outer papery skin from garlic bulbs.  Cut off the top of each garlic bulb, exposing the heads of garlic cloves.  Drizzle olive oil sufficient to cover the tops and leak in between the cloves.  

If using a terra cotta clay pot:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Soak the pot and lid in water for 15 minutes.  Drain off water.  Follow instructions above to prepare garlic bulbs.  Cover the clay pot.  Bake for 30-45 minutes.

If using aluminum foil:

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.  Following instructions above to prepare garlic bulbs.  Wrap in aluminum foil.  Bake for 30-35 minutes.

The roasted garlic bulb is ready when it is soft to the touch.  The color should be a golden to light brown.

Storing roasting garlic:

Freeze it!  Squeeze out the garlic cloves onto a sheet and put in the freezer.  When the cloves are frozen, store them in a bag.  Another option is to squeeze out the garlic cloves, mash them and store in the freezer as a block.  Just slice off what you need as you use it.

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Here is what what roasted garlic should look like-- golden brown.  Texture is soft.

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How to Enjoy Roasted Garlic:

  • Mash with mayonaisse and use as a spread on bread.

  • Add to soups, chowders, and sauces

  • Saute with butter and vegetables such as broccoli and asparagus

  • Mash with butter and add to baked potatoes.

  • Mash with melted camembert cheese round and serve on French bread (from a member in Orphan Elders) This is one I just have to try!

Here is one of my favorite ways of enjoying roasted garlic, a roasted garlic parmesan bread.  
(Stay tune for the next recipe on how to make it!)

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