About this Recipe
My father has had varying degrees of being a health enthusiast (nut) in his days, and at one point in his life he decided his immune system would benefit if he would eat a head of raw garlic and then do 100 push ups before he went to sleep. We laugh now that he probably avoided certain viruses for the simple reason that no-one could stand too close to him. Have you ever bitten into a raw pieces of garlic? It's pretty terrible! Roasted garlic on the other hand is sweet and sticky and delicious. What an incredible transformation the addition that heat can have. It truly is a miracle when you think of all the food that exists and the changes that happen with the different methods of cooking.
1. Roasted garlic can be cooked in abundance and frozen for 2-3 months. Defrost and use in recipes as you would if you had freshly roasted it.
2. Don’t worry about over-cooking your garlic. Usually it’s spreadable around 35 minutes, but even if you cook it over an hour, it will still be delicious.
3. You can roast some garlic ANYTIME you have the oven on and are roasting something else, even if you don’t plan to use it, you can use it another night with another meal.
4. If you want to roast it quicker, you can separate the bulb into individual cloves.
Makes: As many as you like.
You can roast the garlic and refrigerate, then use in many other recipes to enhance the flavors.
We used two varieties as you will see in the photos.
Russian Red garlic - they are a jumbo clove, with a mild flavor
Regular White garlic - they have small cloves, a strong flavored garlic
1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
2. You will need to cut aluminum foil squares to bake the garlic in. Make each square about 6-inches.
3. Cut the tops off the garlic.
4. Drizzle each packet with a tablespoon of olive oil and a sprinkling of salt and pepper.
5. Gather up the sides and close at the top.
6. Place each one into the baking pan and place into the preheated oven.
7. Set the timer for 35 minutes. Bake and when done remove to a cooling area.
8. Open each package . Let cool until you can handle them.
9. Squeeze the roasted garlic out of each individual clove into a little dish.
10. You can use right away or save refrigerated for many recipes.
Tip: The larger heads worked nicer as there was more in each bulb to squeeze out and eat.
This roasted garlic recipe is so easy to do that you will want to incorporate it into your weekly meal prep. Roasted garlic can be made ahead of time and then refrigerated and used later in your weekly easy dinner ideas and healthy dinner ideas to help enhance the flavors.
You can try a couple of your favorite garlic varieties depending on the flavor you are going for. This roasted garlic recipe doesn't need much, all you need is garlic, olive oil, salt and pepper and some aluminum foil for baking.
Garlic has very good evidence suggesting that it can help to improve cardiovascular health. It can do this by reducing blood pressure and improving cholesterol profiles in the blood. Garlic has antioxidant benefits because it supports the important activity of glutathione, which has been shown to be a powerful antioxidant. There are also high quality studies to suggest garlic consumption may help lower fasting blood glucose levels. Including cloves of garlic in your diet is one of the healthiest habits you can have.(1)
Roasted garlic is a healthy and flavorful addition to many of your easy dinner ideas and healthy dinner ideas. Some of the other ways you can use roasted garlic include adding it to your hummus recipe, use on a baked potato instead of butter, saute roasted garlic with vegetables, combine with olive oil and use in place of tomato sauce on pizza dough.
Roasted garlic can also be mixed into your hamburgers before you throw them on the grill, a perfect accompaniment to grilled steak, rub some roasted garlic onto a freshly grilled cob of corn, add to your gravy recipe, and add some into butter for garlic bread. These are just a few of the recipe ideas you can try.
(1)"4 science-based “superfoods” you should consider eating," Examine.com, published on 24 March 2015, last updated on 9 January 2018, https://examine.com/nutrition/4-science-based-superfoods-you-should-be-eating/