How to roast garlic

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Roasting garlic is one of those kitchen skills you don’t think you need until a recipe calls for it. Roasted garlic can be used in many recipes, from dips and dressings to mashed potatoes and chicken.

garlic clovesThankfully, roasting garlic is quick and easy. You can roast garlic on the stovetop or in the oven.

What you’ll need

  • 1 garlic bulb
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • Small frying pan
  • Spatula or wooden spoon

roasting garlic in panHow to roast garlic on the stovetop

  1. Break open a bulb of garlic to separate the cloves. Do not peel. The outer layer may come off as you separate the cloves, and that’s ok.
  2. Pour about 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil into a small frying pan. Make sure oil is evenly distributed on pan.
  3. Turn burner to medium heat.
  4. Add garlic cloves to frying pan.
  5. Watch carefully as cloves roast, stirring occasionally with a spatula or wooden spoon and making sure garlic is roasted evenly. The cloves can quickly burn.
  6. Once cloves are browned (about 10 minutes), remove from heat.
  7. When garlic is cool, peel the cloves.

roasted garlic clovesIf you need more garlic than one bulb, you can still use this method. Just use a little more olive oil.

How to roast garlic in the oven

You can also roast garlic in the oven. The Food Network explains how. It takes a little longer, but it’s worth the wait.

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