Roasted Garlic : How to make & top 5 ways to use it
I love roasted garlic. If you think garlic makes thing tasty then roasted garlic makes them positively orgasmic and it's so simple to roast a garlic that once you start doing it you will wonder why didn't you do it before and as an added benefit your home will be enveloped in an aroma that is so heady.
So what do we need to roast a garlic : a knife, some aluminium foil, some olive oil, an oven and obviously the garlic. And after you have everything in place, its as simple as 123.
1\. Peel all the external papery layers from garlic.
2\. Chop off the top 1/2 inch and pour some olive oil in the gaps between the pods
3\. Wrap in an aluminium foil and bake at 180C for 40-55 minutes.
That's it, your roasted garlic is ready and what more it stays fine in the fridge for 2 weeks and you can freeze it for upto 3 months. You can even roast it along side of an savory bake like pie or a casserole. Just follow the steps, wrap it and then place it in the oven along side the main dish and a little temperature difference won't make much of a difference to your garlic as will the little difference in time you bake do. I have roasted a garlic from 30 mins to 90 mins, the only difference between the softness of the garlic. At 30 minutes you will get a little roasted firm pods where at 90 mins you will have a fully cooked soft spreadable garlic pod.
So now that we have the roasted garlic ready, the next question is what do we use it for. Many things actually, whatever you fancy but here are the top 5 things I like to use them as
Spread on breakfast toast : A crisp toasted bread and lightly spread roasted garlic alongside a helping of scrambled eggs. There can't be a better way to start the day. I can eat this everyday of my life without getting bored with it
Use in Soups & Sauces : Anywhere the recipe asks for garlic in a soup or a sauce, replace it with roasted garlic and see how the dish gets transported to a totally different level. I have completely stopped using raw garlic in soups now
Elevate your dips with it : Add it to the mayo or the pesto, or the hummus or the salsa or even the mustard sauce. You get the drift, It elevates every dip to a finger licking delicious one
Add it to mashed potatoes : Creamy Mashed potatoes is one of those simple bland dishes that most people love but find hard to make, next time you make them add some roasted garlic to it and I assure you will never have them again without it
Add to Salad dressings : Another excellent and extensive use for roasted garlic in my house is the salad dressings. Roasted garlic is perfectly mushy to be blended into a salad dressing as a paste and it adds quite a punch of flavour as well.
So what are you waiting for, buy the next batch of garlic and put it in the oven Fast :)
- Peel all the external papery layers from garlic.
- Chop off the top 1/2 inch and pour some olive oil in the gaps between the pods
- Wrap in an aluminium foil and bake at 180C for 40-55 minutes.