Roasted Garlic

Quick Look_______________

Roasted garlic is very easy to make and can compliment many dishes (like mashed potatoes) or be served on it's own as an appetizer.

  • Prep time: 3-5 minutes
  • Cook time: 45-60 minutes
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Labor Intensity: Could do by yourself.
  • 30 servings, adjust by 1.5x if your group tends to eat multiple servings.


  • 10-15 whole garlic bunch (shouldn't cost much at safeway)
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Some kind of herb (rosemary, thyme, oregano...etc)
  • Total: $ very little


  • Preheat oven to 350F
  • Peel off excess skin off the garlic by rubbing it gently. You don't need to break apart the cloves. Keep the whole set intact.
  • Slice off the root end of the bunch.
  • Pour a spoonful of oil over each bunch
  • Sprinkle lightly with salt and herb
  • Place all garlic onto baking tray
  • Add 1/8 inch water to tray (just enough for a thin layer)
  • Cover top with foil
  • Bake for 45-60 mins

Tom's Tips and Tricks_______________

If the garlic is starting to sprout a little and has a little green in the center, it's still ok. If the sprout is large, you may not want to use it. Each person can eat 1/2-1 bunch.

You can spread this on a buttered loaf of bread for garlic bread. You can also mash this into potatoes. It goes well as a side dish for steak.

The roasting makes the garlic smooth and soft. The strong pungent flavor breaks down during cooking.

[Possible side dish] Serve with potatoes or steak!


Anonymous said…
looking good tom. all of it looks delicious.

still have to find the time to come over to try some of your home cooking.

Anonymous said…
roasted garlic is a favorite among so many and it's often neglected at BBQs! Prep it the same way, season, warp in foil, and throw it on the grill where the heat is not as hot. Or just throw the whole darn thing on the grill with the top cut off.

You can squeeze it out and put it in your mayo for the burgers or on some tortillas (heated on the grill) with some grilled onions, steak meat, etc. Or on homemade grilled pizzas, garlic bread, etc. you get the picture.

garlic is the best.
tomkim said…
thanks for the tip!

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