Fancy Roasted Garlic Is Easy and Cheap!
You may recall in a previous post on Carnitas (link), I wrote that garlic was sold in packs of 5 whole "knobs" for $1.49 where I went. I only used 5 or 6 cloves or 1/2 of a knob for the Carnitas recipe, so I had a lot of garlic leftover! Fortunately, I love garlic!
One of my favorite things is roasted garlic. I like them so much; I will eat a clove of roasted garlic on its own. It tastes great with a toasted fresh baguette or bread/crackers. You can add them to other recipes like pasta.
Roasted garlic seems fancy, but it is cheap (1 whole "knob" is ~$0.30).
It's also easy to make; it only takes 2 ingredients (garlic and oil) and you just put it in the oven. I used one of my little ramekins that I had bought for the crème brûlée recipe; see ramekins are just a bowl that is also safe in the oven. I learned how to make roasted garlic from a different recipe than the link below, but I basically followed this recipe, except for my oven was at 425 degrees (they did 400 degrees.) This link is nice because they have pictures of each step.
1.) Preheat oven to 425 degrees (or 400 degrees).
2.) Cut the top off (~5-7mm) of the entire garlic knob.
2.) Rub oil (vegetable oil / olive oil) onto the exposed garlic cloves.
3.) Put the garlic knob in a ramekin or oven-safe pan and cover with foil.
4.) Bake at 425 degrees for ~30 minutes covered with foil; take off foil and bake uncovered for ~10 min.
- You may need to adjust bake times. You want to bake them until they are soft.
That's it! Give it a try! We are good at this!