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How to Roast Garlic

Transform a piquant herb into a creamy, sweet paste by oven-roasting garlic with the help of these tips.


  • Step 1: Pick the garlic Buy whole garlic bulbs from your local grocer or specialty market. Choose fresh, white bulbs and avoid those with mold or mildew.
  • TIP: Don't use garlic with a green sprout growing from the center of the cloves.
  • Step 2: Prepare the garlic Remove the loose, papery skin, but leave the rest intact. Cut a half-inch from the pointed head, exposing the individual cloves.
  • Step 3: Drizzle with oil Drizzle the cloves with olive oil, ensuring that each one is sufficiently coated. Sprinkle them with salt and pepper.
  • Step 4: Roast the heads Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Wrap each bulb in aluminum foil and bake for about 45 minutes or until the cloves are soft and golden brown.
  • TIP: Use a clay garlic roaster if you have one.
  • Step 5: Remove the softened garlic Let the garlic cool, and then use a small knife to loosen the skin around each clove. Remove a clove, and squeeze it to remove the softened garlic.
  • Step 6: Eat the garlic Spread the roasted garlic paste directly onto hearty French bread or mix it into your favorite spread or pasta. Delicious!
  • FACT: Regular consumption of garlic may lower blood pressure.

You Will Need

  • Whole bulbs of garlic
  • A sharp knife
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • Aluminum foil
  • A small knife
  • French bread or pasta
  • Clay garlic roaster (optional)

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