November 4, 2013

How to Roast Garlic

a.k.a. How to make the most delicious, simple dinner you've ever eaten in your entire life.  YOUR ENTIRE LIFE.

There's a restaurant in Anchorage called Moose's Tooth and they specialize in pizza.  All kinds of different pizza.  I was the one who would go in there and order "pepperoni" and get dirty looks.  However, their Chicken Bacon Ranch pizza made me swoon, and I've yet to be able to recreate it.  Maybe that'd be a good weekend project...

One of their appetizers was Roasted Garlic.  It came with these thick slices of brown bread and diced tomatoes.  You'd stick a butter knife into the soft golden clove and it'd spread right onto the bread like warm butter.  Then you'd top it with a few tomatoes and make a meal out of garlic and bread.  

At some point in 2010, I started making it at our house when we lived in Eagle River, Alaska.  Scott and I would eat 5 heads of garlic (and a loaf of sourdough) each week this way.

I highly recommend it.  

Once you have your roasted garlic, you can do anything with it.  Put it in mashed potatoes or hummus. You could easily make 10-12 bulbs for entertaining in the same amount as time as making one.  

I thought a few weeks ago, "Hmmm...I should make that again."  Isn't it funny how you can eat something all the time, stop eating it, and then forget about it for 3 years?  Yep.  It is.

I apologize for the picture quality.  I didn't want to wait for the weekend to post this.

You're welcome.

(The pictures are not good.  I do apologize.)

Take a whole head of garlic.

Slice the end off, just so all the cloves are cut open.

Set it on a square of foil.

Drizzle the top with olive oil.

Sprinkle it with salt.

Wrap the foil around it and put it in a baking dish.

Bake at 400 degrees for 40-50 minutes.  I start checking at 40 minutes.  It should be golden and gooey.

Serve with bread!



  1. DOING THIS. This weekend. Or maybe tomorrow night. Definitely tomorrow night.

  2. I love roasting garlic! It's divine.

  3. That sounds AMAZING. I'm definitely going to have to try this!

  4. This looks AMAZING. I am totally doing this!

  5. This looks delicious, and so simple! Definitely trying this soon! :)

    xo, Hima
    Hima Hearts

  6. I love garlic, amazingly so, and I LOVE roasted garlic.

  7. Pinning this right now! I've always wanted to try roasting garlic!

  8. Oh, my GOSH this sounds so good. SO good. And seems so simple. I would never think to do this. We're having an unofficial "friends" holiday gathering (calling it that so it's less pressure on myself, but in reality it's 12-20 people coming here for a meal in the middle of december...when I may or may not have just had surgery.........) but this would be a PERFECT appetizer! Thanks for sharing!

  9. I hear its amazing... garlic just doesn't like me... FOR DAYS!!! :)

  10. CUllen randomly really loves garlic. We will have to try this!

  11. Well… Now I know what I'm having for dinner.

  12. This sounds PHENOMENAL! I can't wait to try it!

  13. Garlic seeps from my pores for days after eating it in large quantities (the same happens with the spices in Indian food when I eat it), so I don't know that I could try this when I have to be around people. This, I may have to try in the summer when I can hide for a few days till the stink goes away. I'm sure it tastes lovely. It sounds good, and I am not even a huge fan of garlic (for the above reasons).

    You are so good at replicating recipes from restaurants. You should write a book with healthier versions of restaurant "classics." I'd totally buy it! :)


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