Garlic – Whole Roasted

Garlic – Whole Roasted

Whole roasted garlic is a staple in my house – it is a super easy homemade condiment that you can use on just about ANYTHING. Roasting vegetables is a nearly foolproof way to add flavor and a hint of sweetness through caramelization. Sweet & savory and buttery smooth to spread over bread, add to soups and stews, mix into dips, or add to anything you’re cooking for a burst of flavor.

whole roasted garlic clove

Roasted garlic softens the flavor, reducing the bite that is present in fresh garlic, and adds depth of flavor. Having a multifaceted flavor profile is important, even if you don’t know it yet. Think of one of your favorite dishes – let’s take lasagna, for example (one of my favorite dishes). I like to order this when I go out to an Italian restaurant. Some places make it better than others. Why is that? How is that? It is the same basic thing everywhere, but sometimes it is just mmmmmm so good *chef’s kiss*

The difference is the depth of flavor- that collection of tiny variations and additional layers of flavor takes something from being good to AMAZING. So amazing I dream about ordering it again – or, making it again, if it’s a recipe. That is what we’re after here, and it can be found in the secret ingredient that is:  roasted garlic..

Nutrition benefits of garlic

Though garlic does not have much in the way of macronutrients (carbs, fat, and protein), it packs a mighty punch with micronutrients. These micronutrients provide an excellent source of antioxidants, which can help reduce inflammation in the body. The antioxidants can help reduce the risk or slow the progression of many chronic diseases or even aging, such as arthritis, diabetes, heart disease, and even cancer.

Check out this recipe:

Storage:

To Refrigerate:

Once roasted and cooled at room temperature for an hour or so, I store it in the refrigerator wrapped in the aluminum foil they were cooked in
If you are making a large batch, you can also remove them from the skin by just gently squeezing them out and store in an airtight container
I go through about 2 bulbs per week for just myself, so I don’t bother getting another container dirty for storage

To Freeze:

Remove the garlic from the skin and either mash or keep whole
Store in a Ziploc or other airtight container to prevent freezer burn
If you are freezing the mashed garlic, you can spread it in a thin layer in a Ziplock bag and freeze flat. Then, simply snap off a piece as needed
Alternatively, freeze into a silicone ice cube tray for pre-portioned cubes

Ideas for using roasted garlic in your home cooking:

  • Eat them directly as a savory snack
  • Mash and spread over whole wheat toast or crackers
  • Pair it with with cheeses and other roasted veggies or fruits for a bougie, balanced snack
  • Use to make garlic butter – mash and combine with softened butter
  • Add to side dishes – mix in a clove or three to cooked pasta, rice, potatoes, barley or any grain
  • Use in sauces/dressings in place of fresh garlic or garlic powder – like salad dressing, tomato sauce,
  • Mix into soups, dips, casseroles, ramen, fajitas, or stir frys
  • Mix with plain Greek yogurt and a pinch of salt and pepper for a creamy garlic dip
  • Add to a charcuterie board
  • Add to homemade pizza, sandwiches, or wraps

The options are endless! Roasted garlic is a homemade condiment that goes with just about everything that has a savory flavor profile to begin with. For more inspiration on how to use in your home cooking, check out this article by The Wicked Noodle

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