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How to Roast Garlic

Created January 10, 2017
In three simple steps, learn how to turn garlic into a creamy, decadent spread to serve at parties or as an anytime appetizer.

If you’ve never tried roasting garlic, we’ll let you in on a little secret: it’s incredibly easy. Not to mention it serves as the perfect topper to a slice of toasted French bread. Garlic bulbs (heads of garlic) are made up of as many as 15 sections called cloves. Just follow Betty’s simple directions for handling each part of the garlic, and in a few short steps you’ll have made a decadent new spread!

What you'll need:

  • 1 to 4 bulbs of garlic
  • 2 teaspoons olive or vegetable oil for each bulb
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Sliced French bread, if desired
  • Knife
  • Cutting board
  • Foil
  • Pie plate or shallow baking dish.
  • Toothpick

How to:

1. Heat oven to 350°F. Peel paper-like skin from around each bulb of garlic, leaving just enough to hold garlic cloves together.


2. Cut ¼ to ½ inch slice from top of each bulb to expose cloves. Place cut side up on 12-inch square of foil.


3. Drizzle 2 teaspoons oil over each bulb. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Wrap securely in foil. Place in pie plate or shallow baking dish. Bake 45 to 50 minutes or until garlic is tender when pierced with toothpick or fork. Let stand until cool enough to handle.


4. To serve, gently squeeze soft garlic out of cloves. Spread garlic on bread and enjoy! 

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