Garlic is one of those staple ingredients that can be thrown into almost anything and add such a unique depth of flavor. These bulbous beauties can be found in nearly every cuisines across the globe and are insanely versatile. One of my favorite garlic transformations has to be the amazingness that happens when you roast a bulb of garlic.
Roasting garlic is a really simple way to mellow the flavor, which in its raw form can be a bit overwhelming to some. The roasting process transforms the garlic into a creamy, smooth clove with a subtle, caramelized texture.
To roast your garlic, start by preheating the oven to 400*F. Then, you'll slice the very top off of the whole bulb. Coat with olive oil, and a hefty sprinkle of salt and pepper. Wrap in foil and bake for 40 minutes. That bulb is gonna be hot! So try your hardest to be patient and let it cool for a few minutes out of the oven. The cloves should slide out pretty easily if you squeeze from the bottom or you can use a fork to guide them out.
You can leave the cloves whole and serve on a pizza or baked into bread. So good! Or use a fork to mash the cloves into some butter to make a velvety roasted garlic butter or you could infuse with some olive oil and crushed red pepper for a spicy roasted garlic oil that goes perfect with some toasty bread.
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