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Basic Roasted Garlic

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Yields 1 cup mashed roasted garlic.

  • by Samantha Seneviratne from Fine Cooking
    Issue 104

Got more garlic than you know what to do with? Roasting garlic mellows and sweetens its flavor and adds a delicious caramelized note. You can double or triple this recipe easily. It’s great served simply on toasted bread, or in the delicious ideas below.

  • 10 medium heads garlic
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme

Position a rack in the center of the oven and heat the oven to 400°F.

Slice 1/2 inch from the top of each head of garlic. Arrange the garlic cut side up on a large sheet of heavy-duty aluminum foil. Drizzle with 3 Tbs. of the oil and season with 1/4 tsp. each salt and pepper. Add the thyme sprigs and wrap the foil tightly to make a packet.

Roast until the cloves are light golden-brown and very soft, about 1-1/2 hours. Remove from the oven and let cool.

To remove the garlic from the heads, squeeze the cloves from the bottom into a small bowl. Using a fork, mash the garlic with the remaining 1 Tbs. oil.

Five Ways with Roasted Garlic

  • Garlic-Roasted Chicken: Smear mashed roasted garlic under the skin of a chicken, season with salt and pepper, and roast until it’s golden-brown and cooked through.
  • Garlicky Vegetable Soup: Deepen the flavor of your favorite vegetable soup recipe by stirring in some mashed roasted garlic.
  • Roasted-Garlic Risotto: Make a basic risotto using olive oil, butter, arborio rice, white wine, broth, and Parmigiano-Reggiano. Stir in mashed roasted garlic and more butter in the last five minutes of cooking.
  • White Bean and Garlic Bruschetta: Mash cooked white beans with some roasted garlic, a little chopped fresh rosemary, and finely grated pecorino. Spoon onto toasted slices of bread, drizzle with extra-virgin olive oil, and serve as a snack or appetizer.
  • Spicy Garlic Shrimp: Sauté peeled, deveined shrimp with extra-virgin olive oil, sliced onion, mashed roasted garlic, crushed red pepper flakes, and smoked paprika. Add a splash of Spanish sherry and serve over steamed white rice.

Make Ahead Tips

You can store the roasted garlic in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks, or freeze for up to 1 month.

nutrition information (per serving):
Size : Per 1 Tbs.; Calories (kcal): 60; Fat (g): 3.5; Fat Calories (kcal): 30; Saturated Fat (g): 0; Protein (g): 1; Monounsaturated Fat (g): 2.5; Carbohydrates (g): 7; Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 0; Sodium (mg): 20; Cholesterol (mg): 0; Fiber (g): 0;

Photo: Scott Phillips

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