Roasted Garlic Paste

"Roasted whole cloves of garlic, processed in the food processor to make a paste. Keep this on hand to make garlic bread, flavor mashed potatoes, or use in anything that could use a bit of a flavor kick. Roasting the garlic mellows the sharp, bitter flavors, leaving it sweet and tasty."
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Ready In:
1hr 2mins




  • Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  • Make a packet out of a piece of foil by folding it in half, then making small folds along two of the open edges.
  • Add the garlic, salt and oil to the packet. Fold the open side a few times to seal.
  • Bake until the garlic is very soft and golden brown. In my oven, this takes about an hour.
  • Once the garlic is done, remove from the oven and let cool slightly.
  • Place garlic in the food processor, and process until it is a smooth paste.
  • Place in a seal-able container and store in the refrigerator.

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  1. Chef PotPie
    A neccesity in every kitchen, IMHO! Today I had 8 HEADS of garlic to roast, so I cut the heads in half, drizzled with oil, sprinkled with kosher salt, and followed the recipe and time, and squeezed out those golden lovlies! I have also done just a few cloves the same way when I'm all out and need some for a recipe. I use roasted garlic a lot, so I freeze it flat in a zipper bag, and just break off however much I need right from the freezer. Fabulous! ZWT 7 - Shady Ladies
  2. Shawna Landers
    I love how easy this is to make and how delicious it was! YUMMY! I used it to make garlic bread and froze the rest for future use!<br/><br/>Thanks
  3. Deantini
    YUM, this is great stuff! I should always have an extra 5 bulbs or so of garlic lying around and just pop them in the oven whenever it's going for an hour or so. I used the whole roasted bulb method, found it a bit messy to squeeze the garlic out of the bulbs afterwards (very minor complaint) and I may try peeling the cloves before roasting, like you indicate in your recipe. I mashed the cloves with a fork without problem. The whole family enjoyed this on bread as a side for a soup and I know I can put this to so many uses.
  4. alligirl
    I also used the whole bulb, as opposed to peeling the cloves individually. I added the olive oil, but saved a little of the salt, for the processing part. This was good and simple. I wish I could always remember to roast garlic when I have something else in the oven, but this is great, as I can try to keep it on hand. I especially love this served with goat cheese and roasted red peppers, slathered on toasted baguette slices. YUM! Thanks for sharing, IngridH!
  5. breezermom
    I have to say, I roasted the garlic in the bulb, not in the individual is just too time consuming and harder to get the garlic into the paste form that way. I did use the oil and salt....normally I just add the oil. This is wonderful served on bread or added to any recipe needing roasted garlic.



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