Roasting garlic will fill your kitchen with a mouthwatering savory scent. For me, this aroma alone is reason enough to learn how to roast garlic at home. This may be one of the easiest and tastiest appetizers you’ll ever make.
And of course if you drink wine, it's even better with a nice red!
When garlic is cooked to perfection you can pick out a clove with your fork and mash it on a piece of crusty bread. It's creamy sweet and spreadable. Blend it into a soup or a sauce, fold it into mashed potatoes or pasta, use it as a dip or spread it onto bread like butter. No matter what you’re cooking, adding roasted garlic will instantly make it more flavorful and complex.
Preheat oven to 350 and rub a few drops of oil on the roasting pan or garlic roaster.
Trim the garlic by slicing about a quarter inch of the bulb across the top, making sure each clove is exposed. Drizzle a few drops of olive oil over the top and set them in a small ramekin, a clay garlic roaster or baking dish or even wrap them in aluminum foil, cut side up. Bake for 40 to 60 minutes or until the cloves are golden brown and feel soft when pressed.
Remove from the oven and serve with bread or crackers.