How to Roast Garlic (Roasted Garlic Recipe)
Nutty and buttery, Roasted Garlic is one of the most magical things you’ll ever make. I show you how to roast garlic in the oven with just a couple ingredients so you can use it to amplify almost anything you make. It’s fabulous spread on a slice of baguette, too.
I tend to take on waaaay too much in everything I do. I’m a people pleaser….I just want to make people happy. So, sometimes I go a bit overboard and try to Martha Stewart my way through life knowing full well I’m going to end up burning out and leaving a ton of loose ends that need to be tied up. Then, I tend to hibernate and hide from the world so I can recover…mentally, physically…depending on the scope of the project and amount of work I just left on the table. It happens every time and lately I’ve been getting better at managing whatever life throws my way. (Except travel…I tend to come back from trips and need a week to recover….every.time.) So, years ago when we bought our first house I decided to host an Open House on a Saturday afternoon so our friends could drop by and check it out. I planned to have food out all day long so there would be nibbles for whomever stopped in. I made EVERYTHING. The menu was huge and I spent several days working ahead to keep my head above water….because I had a full time job that was NOT at home….and you know how helpful husbands can be (insert sarcastic eye-roll). I made sausage stuffed mushrooms, little brie bites, strawberry caprese skewers…just to name a few. I was like my own mini catering company. But the one thing I made that was devoured in minutes was the roasted garlic. I set it on the table with a pile of sliced baguette and people were spreading in on like butter. It was the most popular thing on the table. And it vanished right before my eyes.
Simple as it seams….this roasted garlic recipe is kind of a staple in our house. And if you don’t know how to roast garlic yet, you’re in for a real surprise. It’s so easy to make and it makes your standard recipes go from good to “OMG AMAZING!” I like to stir in into mashed potatoes and use it to whip up super easy aioli to spread on sandwiches. It’s the key to this insanely tasty dip and is a must in this easy braised chicken recipe.
If you ever wondered how to roast garlic, it couldn’t be simpler to do. And it’s so magical how something with such a powerful bite can mellow out into a buttery, nutty, smooth spread that adds wonderful depth of flavor to so many things. Simply cut off the tops of the garlic bulbs and arrange in a foil packet.
Drizzle a bit of olive oil over the cloves and top with a few sprigs of thyme, if you’d like. You can totally leave off the herbs, they’re not necessary but I love how thyme infuses a bit of earthy flavor to the garlic.
Wrap up your packet and roast in the oven.
Then, you’re rewarded with the most beautiful golden brown garlic that’s ready for anything. Squeeze the bulb gently to remove the garlic cloves and spread on bread, add to dressings, stir into hummus (YES to this….so much love there!) THIS Roasted Garlic recipe will be your new favorite thing ever.
- 4 whole garlic bulbs
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 4-5 sprigs of fresh thyme if desired
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Cut off 1/4 inch off the top of the bulbs and arrange in a foil packet root side down.
Drizzle the olive oil over the garlic bulbs and top with the thyme.
Seal up the foil packet and transfer to the oven.
Roast the garlic for 40-45 minutes until golden brown and the cloves are tender.
Use immediately by squeezing the bulb to remove the cloves. Or store the garlic in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Garlic cloves can be used to flavor olive oil, mashed potatoes, salad dressings and more!