Roasting whole garlic bulbs is an easy and delicious method, and the sweet, soft cloves can be used in countless ways. Roasted garlic cloves are a great garnish for main courses, like roasted chicken, and can also be mashed up and added to dressings and sauces.
The classic way to enjoy these caramelized cloves is to simply spread on crusty bread, with a little sprinkle of salt, and eat as is.
- 6 whole garlic bulbs (as close to the same size as possible)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- salt to taste
- Preheat oven to 375 F.
- Turn the whole bulb of garlic on its side, and with a sharp knife, cut off the top 1/3rd of the bulb. Be sure to cut the top (pointed end), and not the bottom (flat, root end).
- Place each whole garlic on a piece of foil, about 8-inches square, with the cut side up. Drizzle one teaspoon of olive oil over the cut surface, and sprinkle with salt. Draw up the foil and wrap the garlic to seal (the bulbs will look like chocolate kisses when wrapped).
- Place in a baking dish and roast for 45-60 minutes, depending on size until the garlic is soft and golden-brown. Remove from foil, and serve. The cloves will pop right out of the paper skin when squeezed.