Roasted garlic. This simple ingredient will add a ton of flavor to all of your dishes and will fill your home with the most irresistible, and mouth-watering aromas imaginable!
There’s just something about garlic. Obviously, it’s delicious, but its adaptability is really something to behold. The ability it has to take dishes to new heights in both its raw and cooked form never fails to impress.
Perfectly Roasted Head of Garlic
If you’ve never learned how to roast garlic, then you are in for a real treat. While raw garlic is known for its pungent, spicy and boisterous flavor, once roasted, this aromatic ingredient mellows out into a buttery, creamy, caramelized, spreadable joy!
When roasted, garlic becomes a whole new ingredient. Its wild and bold notes tame to earthier, nuttier, more luscious flavors that seem to melt into whatever you happen to be cooking, adding beautiful flavor and complexity along the way. You can mash it into butter and spread on toast or add to soups and sauces. Mashing some into mashed potatoes is also an absolute must.
This little bulb is extremely versatile in any number of ways, but roasted is by far our favorite. Even the scent of roasting garlic wafting and dancing through your house is enough reason to buy this papery little bulb in bulk and start roasting!
How to use Roasted Garlic:
In most recipes you can replace roasted garlic if the raw garlic is too pungent for your palate. It’s wonderful in pestos, salad dressings, guacamole, mashed potatoes, on pizzas, and of course — mixed with butter for garlic bread.
HOW TO ROAST INDIVIDUAL CLOVES OF GARLIC
If you don’t want to roast an entire head of garlic, no worries! You can absolutely roast individual cloves of garlic. You can do it by following the same method as a whole head, but it will be roasted sooner. Check the cloves after 30 minutes to see if they are roasted to your liking.
Time Saver Tip: purchase already peeled garlic cloves from the market. You can find them in small individually wrapped packages, (which equates to about one head per pack) or available in large containers.
HOW TO ROAST GARLIC WITHOUT FOIL
Making perfectly roasted garlic doesn’t require aluminum foil. In fact, you can get the same quality of roasted garlic by using a small ramekin or baking dish. The only difference for roasting garlic without foil is that every clove needs to be peeled. Once they are peeled, you can roast them in a very short period of time. Plus, it leaves behind a delicious garlic infused oil that can be used in salad dressings or sautéing.
Garlic Cloves – You have a recipe that calls for garlic cloves but all you have is a jar of pre-chopped garlic. The general consensus: 1 clove of garlic is equal to approximately 1 teaspoon of minced garlic.
Garlic powder – is significantly more potent than fresh garlic. It’s best to start with less and add more as needed: approximately 1/8 teaspoon of garlic powder is equal to 1 garlic clove.
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