Roasted garlic is one of my favorite things to add to anything: aioli, salad dressings, soups or even to a piece of bread. The process is as easy as can be; the results are delicious.
While in the oven the garlic caramelizes, taking on a sweet flavor profile and the texture almost becomes similar to a flavorful paste. My favorite way to eat it is to mash it up with some softened butter, smother it on bread and then cover it with a heavy hand of shredded cheese. I like to consider it a fancy version of one of my favorite restaurant-chain appetizers: cheesy garlic bread.
To begin, slice off about 1/4-inch from the top of the head of garlic. Drizzle it with a teaspoon or so of olive oil and top it with a dash of salt and pepper.
Wrap the garlic in a piece of parchment or foil and tie it with a piece of baking twine. Transfer it to the oven to roast for 30 to 40 minutes–it couldn’t be easier. The house will be engulfed with the delicious smell of caramelized garlic. If I could have it my way, I’d have the smell of roasting garlic made into an extract so I could make a candle out of it. That’s probably going a bit too far, but I am a tried and true garlic lover.
Cheesy Garlic Bread
- For the Roasted Garlic:
- 1 bulb garlic,1/4" top sliced off and discarded
- Olive oil
- For the Cheesy Garlic Bread:
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1/2 cup mozzarella
- 2 slices olive bread
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
- Place the bulb of garlic in the center of a sheet of foil or parchment. Drizzle with a teaspoon of olive oil and top with a dash of salt and pepper.
- Wrap the garlic in the parchment or foil and tie with a piece of baking twine. Transfer to a baking sheet and place it in the oven to roast for 30-40 minutes. You'll know when the garlic is done when it's very fragrant and softened. Allow the garlic to cool enough to handle and then squeeze the cloves out of their skins. At this point, add it to anything you like: aiolis, salad dressings, soups or a slice of bread.
- To make a cheesy garlic bread, add the roasted garlic cloves to a small bowl. Using the tines of a fork, mash the garlic until it resembles a paste. Mix in the softened butter and season with a dash of salt and pepper. Smother the garlic butter onto a piece of bread and top with a handful of cheese.
- Heat oven to 250 degrees F. Place the cheese bread on a baking sheet and transfer to the oven to toast until melty, about 3-5 minutes. Serve immediately.
Yield: 1 head of roasted garlic
Adrianna Adarme is a food blogger and author living in Los Angeles, California. She writes the blog A Cozy Kitchen, where she shares comforting, everyday recipes from her kitchen. She recently authored her first cookbook, PANCAKES: 72 Sweet and Savory Recipes for the Perfect Stack. She’s a lover of breakfast, pie (and sometimes even pie for breakfast), corgis and cute things. You can find her on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook.