Roasting garlic gives dishes big garlic flavor. Fortunately, even if you only have a few spare minutes, roasting garlic does not take too much time. This article will not only direct you on how to roast garlic but also how to do it properly so that the garlic doesn’t have any bitterness.
Choose any type of garlic that you want, or use the garlic that you already have. If you are shopping for garlic, look for bulbs that still have layers of their “skin.” The skin will protect the garlic cloves in the oven’s heat. Elephant garlic is a good choice for people who want to roast their garlic, because elephant garlic does not have a strong garlic flavor. This subtle flavor also means that there is very little bitterness in the garlic when it is roasted for too long. However, plain white garlic will work just fine for these directions.
First, preheat your oven to 450 degrees F. At this temperature, the garlic will only need to be roasted for approximately 15 to 20 minutes. You can lower the temperature to 350 degrees F and cook the garlic for a longer amount of time (approximately 30-40 minutes), especially if you are using elephant garlic. Alternatively, you can wrap the garlic bulbs in foil to steam them at first, then open the foil to expose the cloves halfway through the cooking process.
Leave the garlic bulb whole if you like. If you leave the bulb whole, you will be able to easily squeeze out the garlic cloves all at once. If you want to roast the garlic in cloves, you will just need to remove the cloves from their skins one by one. Place the garlic on a baking sheet with sides. Drizzle a small amount of olive oil over the cloves or bulbs and put the tray of garlic on the middle rack of your oven. Do not attempt to broil the garlic because this will cause bitterness. The longer the garlic is cooked at a lower temperature, the less bitterness the resulting garlic will have.
Now, all you will have to do is set the timer to 20 minutes and wait. Check the garlic every 10 minutes to make sure that the skins are not burning. You will be able to tell when the garlic is done, because the skin will be slightly golden brown and the cloves will be soft. The cloves will shrink and the skins will start to look wrinkly.
When the garlic is done roasting, allow the cloves to cool before attempting to remove them from their skin. Now, you can use this roasted garlic to add even more flavor to any dish that calls for it.