Oven Roasting Method: Oven roasting is the most common method of roasting garlic. This type of roasting is common in Italian cooking and yields a soft buttery sweetness.
- Cut 1/2-3/4 inch off the top of the garlic bulb. Don't cut the bottom or the garlic will not remain whole.
- Remove most of the outside papery skin but make sure you keep a thin layer of the skin on the garlic.
- Coat the garlic well with a little olive oil.
- If using a clay garlic roaster, soak it for 15 minutes before using, arrange the garlic inside and place the clay top on.
- Roast garlic in a 325-350 degree oven for 50-60 minutes.
- Alternately, you can wrap the oil coated garlic in foil and roast in a 325-350 degree oven for 50-60 minutes.
- Allow the garlic to cool and squeeze the flesh out of the skins.
Dry Skillet Roasting Method: Dry skillet roasting is a technique used in Mexican cooking. It is very quick and has a toasty sweetness.
- Heat a cast iron skillet over medium-high heat.
- Break the amount of cloves off of the bulb you intend on using.
- Remove the outer papery skin, but leave on a little of the thin skin so the garlic doesn't burn.
- Stir the cloves until the outside has a yellowish tinge with brown or black spots. The garlic will be soft but not quite as soft as with the oven roasting.
Skillet Roasting With Oil Method: Skillet roasted garlic in olive oil allows you to use the fabulous flavored oil in recipes as well.
- Heat a medium or large skillet over medium low heat.
- Fully peel enough garlic cloves to fill the bottom of the skillet.
- Barely cover the garlic with olive oil.
- When the oil begins to simmer turn the heat down to low.
- Cook the cloves until they are soft and golden brown. This will take about 30-40 minutes.
- Remove the garlic from the oil and allow to cool.
- When the oil is cool, pour it into a glass jar with a tight fitting top. This will keep for a week in the refrigerator.
Microwave Roasting Method: Microwave roasted garlic is great method when you are in need of roasted garlic in a hurry. I have used both of these microwave methods when I needed roasted garlic at the last minute.
- Slice off 1/2 inch off the top of the garlic.
- Remove the outer papery skin, leaving on some of the inner skin.
- Coat the garlic with olive oil.
- Place the garlic head, cut side up, in a clay garlic roaster.
- Place the top on the garlic roaster.
- Microwave on high for 1-3 minutes. Check the garlic at every minute to see if it is done.
- Allow the garlic to cool then squeeze the flesh out of the bulb.
Microwave Method #2: If you don't have a clay garlic roaster, you can still roast garlic in the microwave.
- Prepare garlic as recommended above.
- Place it in a microwave safe glass bowl.
- Spoon 2 tablespoon of water into the bottom of the bowl, cover with plastic wrap.
- Cook about 4-6 minutes on medium heat. (Make sure you watch this carefully while it cooks.)
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