A wonderful phenomena occurs when you treat your garlic this way...
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
- Remove the papery outer covering of whole garlic head, but do not seperate the cloves or peel them.
- Place as many whole heads of garlic on a large square of heavy-duty aluminum foil as there are people to be served.
- Fold up foil so that the cloves are completely wrapped.
- Bake in the preheated oven for 1 hour 15 minutes.
- Serve each diner a head of garlic and some bread and butter.
- Separate cloves.
- Hold a clove over a piece of buttered bread and squeeze.
- The garlic puree will pop out, like toothpaste from a tube.
- Spread and eat.
- To make a batch of Garlic Puree for later use, let roasted heads of garlic cool, unwarapped for at least 5 minutes.
- Gently separate the cloves and squeeze each one over a fine meshed sieve, so that the softened garlic pops into the sieve.
- With wooden spatula or wooden spoon, rub garlic through the sieve into a small container or bowl.
- Cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate the puree if needed.
- If you are in a hurry, you may skip the refinement of the sieve.
- Simply squeeze the cloves, one by one, over a bowl.
- When they have all been squeezed, use a rubber spatula to push the puree into a neat mound cover tightly with plastic wrap, and refrigerate until needed.
- It will keep for months.
- To keep indefinitely, cover with a film of olive oil.
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I needed this for one of the items on RCS #15 cooking event and had never done it before - this was so easy and the taste so good, didn't know what I had been missing all this time when I just used regular garlic in my dishes. I followed A Messy Cook's advise and brushed the heads with olive oil prior to baking and they came out wonderful.Reply
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