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How To Roast Garlic

Updated on November 8, 2014

How To Roast Garlic

Anyone who likes the flavor that the addition of garlic brings to their food is going to love roast garlic! Baked garlic sweetens up with the roasting process and has a much more mellow flavor than raw garlic. If you don't know how to roast garlic, don't worry, it is very easy to do and is so worth while because your roasted garlic can be used in so many different ways. Puree the roast garlic and use it as a spread, use the cloves whole in a salad or use in other recipes and dressings.

This Roasted Garlic Recipe Is So Easy To Make

Roasting garlic is very easy to do and has lots of uses in the kitchen.

Try spreading it on hot toast with just a drizzle of olive oil or use the cloves in recipes or dressings for the most wonderful flavor.

If you are not sure whether you will like roasted garlic then just try roasting one bulb at first, but, I do like to roast a few garlic bulbs at a time so I can save ther roasted garlic to use later in the week in other recipes.

Here's what to do to get lovely roasted garlic.

Take a large head of garlic and slice it in half through its middle. Place the garlic, cut sides up, in a shallow baking dish and drizzle with olive oil. Sometimes, I tuck in a few sprigs of thyme but it isn't really necessary.

Put the dish into an oven, pre heated to 180 degrees and roast the garlic for about 40 to 50 minutes until the edges are light gold in color and the cloves are soft enough to squash between your fingers.

When the roast garlic has cooled down you can squash the soft cloves out of their skins (remove the small brown root at the end if present) and simply mash the rost garlic into a puree.

Try using the roasted garlic in mashed potato for a tasty garlic mash!

The Electric Garlic Roaster - An electric garlic roaster is a great addition to the kitchen and a good idea for a present for the cook who has almost everything

The reason that I like these electric garlic roasters is that they are more economical to use than heating up a large oven every time I want a head of roast garlic.... besides, I do love my kitchen gadgets!

Electric Stainless Steel Express Garlic Roaster
Electric Stainless Steel Express Garlic Roaster

I appreciate that not everybody wants a white garlic roaster, so, if you have lots of stainless steel in your kitchen then you may prefer to go for something like this stainless steel electric garlic roaster.


Try spreading the roasted garlic on your pizza base before adding the sauce.


There Are Other Garlic Roasters Available But You Will Need To Use Your Oven - Great if you roast garlic a lot but for occaisonal roasting I would go for the el

Norpro Large Garlic Baker
Norpro Large Garlic Baker

I'm loving the little garlic shaped handle on this terracotta garlic roaster.

You will even get roasting instructions with this, which is handy if you aren't quite sure how to go about baking the garlic.

Charcoal Companion Cast Iron Garlic Roaster & Squeezer Set – For Kitchen or BBQ Grill – CC5127
Charcoal Companion Cast Iron Garlic Roaster & Squeezer Set – For Kitchen or BBQ Grill – CC5127

This cast iron roaster should fit one large or 2 medium heads of garlic.

The good thing is that it comes with a silicone squeezer to extract the sweet garlic pulp after roasting.


Mix with sour cream for a baked potato topping.

How Do You Use Your Roast Garlic? - Do you have a favorite recipe to use your roasted garlic?

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      Colin323 3 years ago

      I like the interesting tip about spreading on a pizza base. Thanks for that. Smells good to me!

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      Chris 6 years ago

      Wow, you seem to like the same things I do. I love to mix my roasted garlic with gorgonzola cheese, some olive oil and spread it on some toasted french bread. It is wonderful. I love your lenses by the way.