I think the only thing that smells as savory and beautiful than homebaked bread is garlic roasting in the oven. I make roasted garlic all of the time and try to have it on hand for pasta sauces, salad dressings, mix it up with butter or olive oil and slather it on bread…happiness.
Roasted garlic is much more mellow and gentle than raw garlic. It has a sweet flavour to it so those who have sworn off the harshness of garlic, you may want to consider roasting it. It’s easy!
Cut the tip off an entire head of garlic (see above). Put on a piece of aluminum foil.
Drizzle with some olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. You can add herbs if you like.
Gather up the aluminum foil and I learned this from a chef out west, leave a hole on the top so the steam can escape. I have exaggerated the hole a little to show you what I mean. Before putting this in the oven I made it a little smaller. Put it in a low oven of only 325F and keep in there for an hour.
Voila, there you have beautiful caramelized garlic and your home will smell heavenly! Or at least I think so, my husband tends to hide away in the basement when I make this stuff. He likes the smell but it is strong.
The cloves pop out easily and from there you can turn them into a paste or use as it, it is up to you.
Fancy restaurants charge a lot for “mashed potatoes with roasted garlic” but you can make it at home for pennies!
It really is that easy.