This pregnancy has caused me to have a wild food aversion to everything that doesn't contain roasted garlic. I've actually proposed on one hot evening recently that we eat nothing but dill pickles and garlic butter for dinner. Unfortunately, my family rejected that idea...
Even for people who aren't crazy and pregnant, roasted garlic's sweet mild flavour can be a lovely addition to any simple dish. Here is the easiest way I have found to roast garlic:
Slice the top off the garlic head.
Place the garlic on tinfoil and drizzle with olive oil and kosher salt.
Close up the tinfoil and bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes. When you are done it will be slightly golden brown and will smell heavenly!
The best part (other than eating it, of course!) is that all you have to do to get the cloves out of the skin is to give the garlic a bit of a pinch. The cloves will slip right out of their papery skins!
To make Garlic Butter:
In a stand mixer, if you have one, whip about 1 cup of butter with a whole head of roasted garlic and a pinch of salt. Add chopped parsley, if you would like. Whip for 3-5 minutes until the garlic is incorporated and the butter is soft....if you can wait that long!
10 Great Ways to Enjoy Roasted Garlic
- In homemade hummus
- In homemade veggie or chip dip
- As a pizza topping
- In garlic butter on a bagel
- In garlic butter on steamed veggies
- Pureed in soups
- Added to melted butter and then brushed onto a chicken or turkey before roasting.
- Added while mashing potatoes to make THE BEST MASHED POTATOES EVER!
- Pasta (or spaghetti squash!) with butter, salt, roasted garlic and Parmesan cheese!
- Whole cloves of roasted garlic with crackers or pita chips
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