On Roasting Garlic. An awesome fundamental.

“Garlic.” After hearing the word, I’m immediately transported to a time when Emeril Lagasse would “add just a little” of the good stuff to hot pan. You could hear the garlic sizzle, but nothing could compare to the smell that must have emanated from there. No wonder he often spoke about how we, the viewers, should demand for “smellavision.” Speaking of smells, roasting garlic is one of those things that will have you, and your neighbors, crazy with the amazing aroma of deliciousness. Really.

I had never tried roasting garlic until very recently. It was so simple and delicious, I ate six garlic heads with toasts and had a lovely-garlic(y) breath afterwards. It also proved to be a taste-changing element in most of the recipes I used to make with raw garlic. For the better, of course. Since this is the first recipe I post, and because I have some stuff from lab to get done, I will omit the measurements. It is so intuitive and versatile, you don’t really need anything other than the time, the temperature and a couple of tips here and there.

First off, set the oven to 300°F and make sure you have a pan where you can accommodate the garlic. I bought these rather small garlic heads at the supermarket today, so I placed them in the pan just to see how many would fit.

Cut the top off the heads and season with generous amounts of salt and pepper. Douse with some extra virgin olive oil.

Cover the pan with aluminum foil and bake for 1 hour at 300 °F. Once the time is done, remove the top foil and place the pan on the topmost rack of the oven. Increase the temperature to 375°F and roast for 20 minutes. Let it cool off for 15 – 20 minutes. WARNING: The aroma of roasted garlic will take over your entire kitchen area, and if your apartment/living space is as small as mine, then get ready to have the smell of garlic in your clothes, computers, oh, and cake, if you happen to have any around, like I did. Alas, not to worry. Leave a window open and the smell dissipates very quickly.

Squeeze out the garlic cloves into a clean container. I don’t know if it’s the lab rat in me, but using nitrile gloves felt perfect for this job. No mess, no fuss, just clean squeezing.

All I can say, is that roasted garlic is amazing. It works for families and for far-from-family-students, as they can be stored in the refrigerator for quite a long time. The flavors of roasted garlic blend so well, that they make anything and everything taste delicious, without the overpowering-OUCH raw garlic gives food. That’s why I think it can serve as part of a base for other ingredients/flavors to build upon. Like avocados, lime, and jalapeños, for example. Now, if I just had cherry tomatoes.

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8 thoughts on “On Roasting Garlic. An awesome fundamental.

  1. Beautiful description :)

    Will try some time. I had always seen roasted garlic as part of recipes but have never been into trying it until now ˆ_ˆ

  2. Que rico! Habia visto un programa en foodnetwork donde hacian roasted garlic y siempre me quede con las ganas de hacerlo! I think I’m gonna try it now! thanks for sharing! :)

    • Jaja, viste? Súper fácil. Los ajos de aca son súper pequeños en comparación con los que veo en TV, pero funciona igual. =) Me alegra que te haya gustado XD. Me avisas si lo haces y cómo te fue =)

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  4. Ay, esto me recuerda a mi pasta con espinaca favorita, lo unico que en vez de en dientes lo conviertes en una pasta y da un sabor mas bueno. Aunque tu mencionar cherry tomatoes me recuerda que tengo un batch por recoger de mis matitas. Sugerencias?

    • Jaja, estás creciendo cherry tomatoes? O_O. I envy you =). Has echo pizza con cherry tomatoes? Un snack que hago a menudo, con cualquier tomate, es picarlos en rodajas, o por la mitad y sazonarlos con sal, pimienta, rosemary y thyme. 350, 30 mins. Con queso sabe rico, pero ahora me lo como con un flatbread que hago de masa de pizza XD. Drool. Cómo te va?

      • Cherry tomatoes, cebollas, fresas, albahaca, cilantro, romero, menta…! Tengo tremenda variedad XD Tengo que intentarlo, eso suena bueno! Y ahora me dejaste con ganas de pizza XD

        Pero pues, todo bien! En guerra contra la sequedad de Colorado y emocionada porque voy a tener clases super cool y varias presentaciones este semestre! Y un poco explotá por verano XD

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