Knowing how to make roasted garlic will change your view of garlic forever.
Roasted garlic is sweet, buttery and nutty, entirely different than raw garlic, and no threat to romance.
Roasted Garlic French Bread, also on this page, is a very stylish addition to the dinner party menu.
6 or 8 whole heads / bulbs of garlic
Extra-virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper
Rosemary sprigs, optional
Preheat the oven to 400°.
Leaving the heads (or bulbs) intact, peel any loose, outer layers of skin from the garlic heads. Cut 1/4-inch off the top (the pointy end), exposing a bit of the garlic. Coat the bulbs thoroughly with olive oil, then salt and pepper them.
Place the prepared garlic bulbs in separate
muffin-tin compartments, or on another baking dish, and top with a
rosemary sprig, if desired. Cover them with aluminum foil, tucking the
foil around the bulbs, and roast until soft, 30-35 minutes.
How to Make Roasted Garlic Bread for the Dinner Party
1 loaf of French bread
Olive oil or melted butter, optional
Slice and lightly toast the French bread under the broiler. (One 18" loaf is usually plenty for a small dinner party.) If you like, you can brush the sliced bread with a little butter or olive oil before toasting, but it's not necessary.
If need be, reheat the roasted garlic by placing it under the broiler for a minute or two with the bread.
To serve, use a small knife, cocktail fork, or your fingers to squeeze the garlic from its skin and spread onto the toasted French bread. Or, and this is the stylish part, place one head of roasted garlic on each bread plate with a small knife, so that each guest may spread their own bread. Nice touch.
Serves 6 or more.