Roasted Garlic
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Roasted Garlic

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It’s all about the roasted garlic. Roasting your garlic is like putting an REI sticker on your 4Runner, feeling guilty after finishing the entire tub of ice cream by yourself even after your wife told you to stop, or wondering why it’s called Laffy Taffy when no one’s laughing.

Somethings in life just need to be done.

Roasted heads of garlic


Why roast? Roasting your garlic releases the beautiful, rich flavors of your garlic while simultaneously dialing back the abrasive “spice” of the root.

It’s really a simple process. Preheat your oven. Decapitate your garlic. Place them face down in a bit of oil, and roast until your house smells like Gilroy California!

Top Tip: If you’re going through the trouble of roasting one or two heads, why not roast 4 or 10? It’ll take you the same amount of time AND you’ll have some to freeze. Just thinking ahead.

You’re welcome.



Can I substitute roasted garlic for fresh garlic?

In most recipes roasted garlic will improve the depth of flavor in the dish. The only exceptions would be if you have to sauté the garlic first in a pan to build flavor. These aren’t the best for that, as the moisture and texture of the garlic has changed.

Short answer: yes. Get out there and substitute!

Do I have to cover the garlic in foil?

Actually, you don’t. If you want to save some planet, you can omit the covering. It will dry out the garlic a little faster, so check them at 30-minutes, BUT placing them face down will give you some nice steaming action without having to waste aluminum.


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Roasted Garlic

Roasted Garlic

  • Author: Ben
  • Total Time: 44 minutes
  • Yield: 5 (depending on how many garlic heads you roast)
  • Diet: Gluten Free


Roasted Garlic to Make Your Life Better


  • garlic
  • olive oil


  1. Decapitate as many garlic heads as you wish to roast.
  2. Pour out a TBS of olive oil on a glass baking pan and place garlic FACEDOWN in the oil. 
  3. Cover with foil. Bake at 350*F (176*C) for 40-minutes.
  4. Squeeze out garlic cloves while still warm (NOT HOT).
  5. Freeze what you don’t immediately use. 



  • Make extra and freeze them so they’ll be ready for you the next time you need to get your roasted garlic on!
  • You can save some foil by covering your dish with a saucepan lid (provided it doesn’t have a plastic handle [don’t melt things or start fires]).
  • Prep Time: 4 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Category: Basics
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: roasted garlic, how to roast garlic

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