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Roasted Garlic: Your new, favourite ingredient
The beauty of roasted garlic is unknown to many. Everyone’s favourite aromatic becomes sweet, caramelised and intensely flavoured when roasted to golden-brown-edged perfection. The sharpness of the garlic is mellowed out to create a completely different version of the pungent, raw garlic that you’re accustomed to. And the best part? Roasting garlic is a lot easier than it sounds.
Peeling dozens of cloves isn’t required for the intense, savouriness we keep boasting about. All you have to do is cut a head of garlic horizontally, drizzle each face with olive oil and season with salt and black pepper. Roast in a baking sheet or pan at 400°F for 30 to 40 minutes. The garlic cloves become so tender that all you have to do is squeeze the head for the cloves to pop out. So, beside snacking on the addictive, garlicky cloves, what else can you do with roasted garlic? Here are our favourite ways to use this magical ingredient.
Smear the cloves over a piece of crusty, toasted bread. That in itself is a delicious snack. If you’re feeling indulgent, or feel like jazzing up your grilled cheese, then substitute butter for the roasted garlic cloves. You’ll be left with a slightly healthier but way more flavourful grilled cheese.
Instead of adding raw garlic—or nothing at all—try adding your roasted garlic to mashed potatoes. It melts right into the mash but permeates the entire dish with a slightly sweet and nutty flavour. Bonus points? The garlic usually has leftover infused oil after roasting. Add this to your mash for even more ridiculous garlicky flavour.
Blend chickpeas, tahini, olive oil and roasted garlic in your food processor or blender for an amped-up hummus. Add the leftover roasted garlic oil to top the hummus instead of traditional extra virgin olive oil and serve as a dip with pita chips and crisp vegetables. You can also use it as a spread on sandwiches or wraps.
Mix your roasted garlic with butter and herbs to create a garlic-herb butter. Use this to rub all over your chicken before roasting (secret trick: push the butter under the chicken’s skin for more flavour) or to sautée your vegetables with. Unlike raw, pungent garlic, the subtlety of the roasted garlic prevents the notorious garlic breath, making this ingredient perfect for date night.
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