I love garlic! I love the taste. I love how easy it is to use, and it does not hurt that it is also known to have a lot of health benefits.
Roasted garlic is really something special. The roasting will softened the taste, almost to the point where it becomes sweet (the sugar caramelizes) while intensifying its distinctive flavor.
And even though it takes a while to cook (about 90 minutes), it is well worth the wait!
– One garlic bulb
– a teaspoon of olive oil
– salt and pepper
To get started, cut off the first 1/2 inch of the top the garlic bulb, so that it will be easy to spoon off the garlic later on (see picture above).
Put in a pan, drizzle with the olive oil, add salt and pepper and cover.
Place in a cold oven and set the temperature at 350F for 45 minutes
Uncover and bake for an other 45 minutes
If you have one of these special terra cotta garlic baker, use it, otherwise, you can use a pyrex pan, and use aluminum foil to cover it for the first 45 minutes.
Variation: you can add a teaspoon of white wine at the same time you put the olive oil.
This is ideal as the base for many recipes. Or as an apetizer with the right spoon, or as a spread if you puree it.