Prep 5 mins
Cook 1 hr
A staple at our house, roasted garlic has uses limited only by your imagination. Roasted garlic is very mild and mellow. Flavor meats, sauces, breads, pastas, dressings and vegetables with it.
- Preheat oven to 375°.
- Remove any loose papery skins from the outside of the garlic heads; cut off the top 1/3 of the heads to open the cloves; set aside for another use; place the heads in a small baking dish, cut sides up; pour olive oil over them and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
- Cover the dish tightly and bake until 3/4 done, about 45 minutes; uncover and continue to bake another 15 minutes or until the cloves begin to pop out of their skins and brown; cool.
- Squeeze the cloves out of their skins into a bowl; add the oil from the baking dish and mix well, forming a paste.
- Store, refrigerated, up to one week.
I'm another 'garlic roasting virgin'. :) Don't know why I waited so long. I did 8 heads, which yielded 1-1/2 cups of paste. We had it broiled on french bread. Sooo tasty. I mixed 1/4 cup paste with 1/2 cup butter, 5 turns of the pepper mill and about 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes. The remaining paste I froze in 1/4 cup increments. Must buy MORE garlic!!!! Thanks so much for sharing.
I'm a pizza aficionado and will share that this garlic paste is the secret to awesome white pizza. Spread it on the crust, then add the cheese, then any other toppings. You will need about half a cup paste for one pizza, made from approximately three heads of garlic and 3T olive oil.
Wonderful idea! I have always done just one head of garlic at a time. Never thought of freezing it. Read all of the reviews and ended up using about 1/2 c EVOO for 5 heads. Cooked them in silicon muffin tins for ease of cleanup and sat salivating the entire time these were in the oven. Thanks Sugerpea!