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If you don’t like the bite of fresh garlic but you enjoy the taste, roasting garlic is the solution. It is so simple to do and has a multitude of uses: pasta sauces, dips, mashed potatoes, salad dressings. . .or anything your mind can come up with. You can try out some of these ideas from The Wicked Noodle too.
Other than being extremely flavourful, garlic is packed with nutritional value, so much, in fact, that civilizations like the ancient Greeks and Egyptians used it for its medicinal properties. It is low in calories but contains vitamin C and magnesium, amongst many others vitamins. Garlic helps boost the immune system too which is why it is a popular cold remedy. It is also said to help improve cholesterol levels and lower blood pressure, contains antioxidants and helps with detoxification. You could say that garlic is a superfood 😉
Slice the top of the garlic and remove any excess garlic skin so you are left with a nice, clean bulb.
Place the garlic, cut side up, in a ramekin. Drizzle the top with olive oil and cover with aluminum foil.
You do not need to fire up your oven as this is such a small thing. I do mine in my toaster oven and it turns out perfect every time. You will need to watch the time though as different toaster ovens may cook at different strengths.
Bake at 400º for 60 minutes and you will have caramelized garlic. Once it has cooled you can remove the garlic by squeezing at the base. The golden, roasted garlic will be soft and pop right out. If you are using it as a condiment, as in my antipasti platter, leave the garlic bulb in tact for serving. It adds to the aesthetics on the plate.
Perfect Roasted Garlic
1 garlic bulb
1 Tbsp olive oil
1. Preheat oven to 400º.
2. Slice a bit of the top of the garlic bulb.
3. Place garlic bulb, cut side up, in a small ramekin.
4. Drizzle olive oil over garlic.
5. Cover ramekin tightly with aluminum.
6. Bake for 40 minutes.
7. Remove and let cool before handling.
Protein 3 g