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How To Roast Garlic (and Make Garlic Butter!)

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
  1. In homemade hummus
  2. In homemade veggie or chip dip
  3. As a pizza topping
  4. In garlic butter on a bagel
  5. In garlic butter on steamed veggies
  6. Pureed in soups
  7. Added to melted butter and then brushed onto a chicken or turkey before roasting.
  8. Added while mashing potatoes to make THE BEST MASHED POTATOES EVER!
  9. Pasta (or spaghetti squash!) with butter, salt, roasted garlic and Parmesan cheese!
  10. Whole cloves of roasted garlic with crackers or pita chips
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  1. Yum! I have mine in the oven now. My kids were adopted, so I haven't ever experienced pg hormones, but I did have my thyroid removed and that can make ya crazy, too! :-). I LOVE roasted garlic. Thanks for sharing! P.S. I would have eaten dill pickles and garlic butter with you!

  2. I make roasted garlic mashed potatoes all the time and next time I'm going to try this method of roasting. It will save me lots of time!

  3. I absolutely looove eating roasted garlic straight out of the skin. It's so delicious. Spread on warm crusty bread is pretty tasty too. What a great thing to crave!

  4. This looks AMAZING! I've been looking for good butter recipes, and though this is the first I've heard of roasted garlic I'm pretty sure I'll be adding this to every night from now on!

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    1. Thanks for popping by and for the kind words :)

  6. Oh soooo yummy!
    I know it's an English thing to make Roast Potatoes like every week(!) but I've found that the best thing is to roast the garlic head half with the chicken and half with potatoes, then when both dishes are cooked, I take the garlic and add it to my gravy - it makes the gravy, potatoes and chicken all taste amazing!
    Great post xxx

  7. I tried it tonight and it came out smelling...minty and not garlicky at all? Is this even vaguely normal? I tried a bit and it tasted all right but I couldn't get over the weird minty smell. We normally have chopped garlic in pretty much everything, so it's not like we dislike garlic or something.

    PS I doubt you remember, but I figured out the perfect way to read blogs... the Google Reader "Next" shortcut (it takes you directly to your next unread post, so the blogs you read actually get the traffic and it's still nice and convenient).

    1. hmm....minty? I can't explain that! weird. I'm sorry it didn't work out for you!

      That "next" button sounds like a great way to read all your favourite blogs! :)

  8. how can i store the garlic for future use?

  9. oh yum! I love roasted garlic. I like to mash it through mayonnaise for a really yummy aioli!


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