Roasted garlic is also a great flavor enhancer for all sorts of dishes from salad dressings to pasta sauces. Anytime you need a last minute appetizer, you can roast a couple of heads of garlic, then throw them on a plate next to some bread, cheese, and olives. It totally fools people into thinking you’ve made something special. But really, the technique is so easy!
- 4 heads of garlic
Olive oil for drizzling
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- Preheat the oven to 400°F. Peel off some of the outer layers of garlic skin. Slice off the top of the garlic head, about 1/4 inch off. Place each head in the hole of a muffin tin. Alternately, set each head on a small sheet of foil.
- Drizzle with olive oil and season generously with salt and pepper. Cover each bulb tightly with foil or wrap the foil around the garlic to close.
- Roast in the oven for 40-45 minutes until the cloves are soft and just starting to turn golden brown.
- Set aside until they are cool enough to handle. Remove the garlic by popping cloves out of the paper (they should release easily). Enjoy as an appetizer spread on crusty bread or use in recipes calling for roasted garlic.