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​How Do You Roast Garlic? 4 Easy Steps!

Posted by Kevin Vadala / garlicshaker.com on

How do you roast garlic! Why even do it! Because garlic is one of the best things the human race has ever discovered. It goes well with a variety of meals, and even adds a healthy super boost whether eaten raw or cooked. While you can simply mince it and mix it with onions, or put a dash here and there on some meat, roasted garlic is almost an entirely different field to experiment with. When you roast garlic, it goes through a wonderful transformation that will make garlic enthusiasts out of the garlic haters (does such a thing exist?). When you roast garlic properly, it is soft and spreadable. It contains a garlic kick, but it’s mellower and tastes just the right amount of sweet. Perfect for spreading over bread, or even mixing with fries, roasted garlic is a wonderful reinvention.

1. Get garlic ready

First step in the process is getting your garlic ready for roasting! How to easily peel garlic you ask? First you peel away the white outer layer of the garlic bulb by shaking the skin off with a Garlic Shaker, but make sure to leave the individual covering on each clove section of the garlic. If you want to be super-efficient, you can save some time later and cut off the stalks of the cloves by slicing off the top layer of the bulb. Once this is done, drizzle same of your favorite olive oil over the bulb and add any spices that you see fit- perhaps some basil, or Italian spices, or none at all! After this you can wrap the garlic bulb in foil.

2. Put into oven

Put that heaping pile of goodness in the oven preheated at 350 F, and leave it in for about 45 minutes. However, depending on the size of your bulb, age of the garlic, and variety of garlic, cooking length can vary. At around a 45 minute length, it will be soft enough to spread, but you can leave it in longer if you like things even more cooked. They won’t taste burnt, even if the cloves get a little brown from cooking longer.

3. Pull out and Pop

Once you pull out your garlic bulb, the hard part is over. You simply get your individual cloves from the bulb, and pop out the garlic out of the clove outer layers.

4. Do what you want with it!

Once you finally have your garlic out of the cloves, (whether through squeezing them out of removing the layer) you can either mash the garlic or eat plain. The roasted garlic won’t be as powerful as normal fresh garlic, so you might just find that you love it plain. However, roasted garlic is extremely versatile, and the possibilities are near endless. Put in with butter and sour cream on a baked potato, mix it with some pasta and parmesan, in some soup, one some fine meat, on some cheese, or a cracker, or on some salted caramel ice cream!

Roasted garlic is a treat that everyone should experience. It’s a perfect milder alternative to garlic that tastes sweet and is very simple to prepare. Don’t buy too big of a loaf of bread, because you might not be able to stop eating it! We hope you enjoyed our four easy steps about how to you roast garlic. Now you will want to learn  how to peel garlic like a boss!

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