My Granny’s roasted garlic recipe is the only one I’ve ever used. It’s simple, cheap, effective and makes the most divine roasted garlic. I always make extra and then I store it to give away as a gift to friends and family.
If you’ve never roasted garlic before, or maybe never even tasted homemade roast garlic, boy are you in for a treat. The flavour is like nothing on earth and I absolutely defy you not to eat some as it comes out of the oven. I simply can’t resist – maybe that’s why I always have to make extra!
The first thing you need to do is pre-heat your oven to 150 C / 300 F. Then, choose your garlic bulbs. Pick generous sized ones! Slice off the top of each bulb, exposing the cloves inside.
I like to save all the little bits of the cloves from the discarded tops as they’re perfect for blitzing and adding to dips or sauces …they’re far to good to waste.
Next, find a heavy-duty casserole dish, like my trusty old Portmeirion dish. I’ve had this dish for more than 30 years, so you’ll have to excuse the fact it’s no longer pristine. Many lasagnas and cottage pies have seen the inside of this dish over the years!
Drizzle a couple of tablespoons of olive oil into the dish, to just cover the bottom of it. Then, place the garlic heads, cut side up, in the dish and give them a good drizzle of oil as you don’t want then to burn while they are cooking.
Sprinkle the garlic with good quality sea salt, then turn the bulbs over for cooking. Here’s why you should use sea salt, not refined table salt.
Cover the dish with foil and bake on the middle shelf of the oven for 45 minutes.
I should mention that lots of recipes call for a shorter cooking time and a higher temperature, but this works best for me.
By now your kitchen will be smelling like a Tuscan restaurant.
With a slotted spoon or kitchen tongs, remove the garlic from the oil and set aside on a rack to drain.
Resist the urge to tuck in immediately!
Once the garlic bulbs have cooled down, squeeze the cloves out of each bulb and store in an airtight container in the fridge for use within one week.
Here are some ideas for you to try with your freshly roasted garlic:
Recipe Ideas for Your Leftover Roasted Garlic
Roasted Garlic Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Just mash into roast sweet potatoes for an extra kick!
Roasted Garlic Dip
Blend garlic, herbs, oil and a little soft goats cheese to taste for a fabulous dip to enjoy with crudities.
Mix the garlic into good quality butter.
And just in case that’s not enough ideas, take a look at these 25 things to do with roasted garlic.
I’d love to know what you use your roasted garlic for! Please share your ideas.