Roasted Garlic produces subtly sweet caramelized cloves perfect for adding flavor to potatoes, spreads, and crusty bread.
Garlic is probably the one thing I use most in my kitchen besides salt. I can image only a few savory dishes that would not benefit from a little clove of garlic...or two. I use it in almost every form but Roasted Garlic is something special. It gives subtle sweet garlicky flavor without the bite of fresh garlic.
Ingredients and tools for roasting garlic
Heads of garlic
Extra virgin olive oil
Air fryer, optional
Prepare garlic for roasting
Cut the tops off of the heads. You want to make sure that you are cutting down far enough to remove most of the tops but not too far down that you lose too much of the cloves.
Remove the outer paper. Remove as much of the outer paper as possible without breaking the head apart. It should stay intact as pictured above.Wrap the garlic bulbs in foil. Cut a sheet of foil large enough to enclose around the garlic heads. Make sure that they are side-by-side and not stacked.
Drizzle with quality olive oil. California Olive Ranch (not sponsored) is one of my favorite brands. It smooth and fresh without a bitter almost rancid aftertaste of some other brands. Drizzle the cloves with the oil then close foil neatly around the garlic.
How to roast garlic
Preheat the oven to 400-degree and roast the garlic for 45 minutes. To test the garlic for doneness, insert a into the center of a clove. The toothpick should go in easily with zero force.
Air fryer instructions
Place the foil wrapped garlic into the air fryer. Set the temperature to 390-degrees and time for 25-30 minutes. Again, the cloves should be soft and golden in color.
Uses for roasted garlic
Once the garlic has cooled, squeeze the cloves from the remaining papers. A favorite use for roasted garlic is in Perseverd Lemon Roasted Garlic Hummus. It can also be added to mashed potatoes, roasted chicken, and spread over French bread with salted butter.
How to store
I typically just roast garlic enough for a recipe at a time. However, it can be stored in olive oil in the fridge for a couple weeks. I have kept it in the fridge for as long as a month. The oil solidifies in the fridge so to use it, I mainly scoop out a few cloves with the semi-solid olive oil and use it as normal.
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*Updated 10/17/2020. It was originally posted on 7/20/2018.*
- 3 heads garlic
- Cut the tops off of the heads of garlic.
- Remove the outer paper.
- Place the garlic bulbs on a piece of foil.
- Drizzle with olive oil and close the foil.
- Preheat the oven to 400-degree and roast the garlic for 40 minutes. To test the garlic for doneness, insert a toothpick into the center of a clove. The toothpick should go in easily with zero force.
Air fryer instructions
- Place the foil-wrapped garlic into the air fryer. Set the temperature to 390-degrees and time for 25-30 minutes. Again, the cloves should be soft and golden in color.