Since the beginning of this blog, I have had a lot of visions and ideas for what I wanted this blog to be and where I wanted it to go.
Over the years I have shared hundreds of recipes, a few crafts, foodie field trips and even started to share a more personal side with the “Dishin’ it Up” series. But one feature that I have always wanted to have on the blog since the beginning, is a how-to and kitchen tips series.
But often, I get so wrapped up in sharing all the tasty recipes (always, so many recipes so little time) and forget to share these simple, yet useful, kitchen cooking tips. As part of ‘getting organized’ and refocused for the New Year, I really want to put some effort into sharing these tips.
Now I know for most of you (those of you who are experienced cooks), that you will blow right by these posts and wouldn’t look twice; but I know quite a few of my readers are still learning their way around the kitchen. And quite frankly this is one of the reasons I started a cooking blog (and something I never want to forget); is that I have so many friends and family turn to me with their cooking questions, that I wanted this blog to be a place where they could turn to (when I wasn’t around) as a resource for their cooking (and baking too!) needs.
So whatever your cooking ability is, I hope that you will find some useful tips and tricks in these posts, even if it is just to bookmark a recipe or two that I plan on sharing at the end of these posts, which uses the cooking tip I share!
Today I am sharing step-by-step directions on how to roast garlic. Roasting garlic is such a simple technique that can really take any dish to a whole new, rich and more in depth, level.
How To Roast Garlic:
(for a printable version see below)
1 bulb garlic
2-3 teaspoons olive oil
1/8 teaspoon each salt and black pepper
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2. Using a knife, cut off the top quarter off the bulb of garlic, exposing the garlic cloves.
3. Leaving the bulb of garlic intact, peel away any excess outer paper layers.
4. Place garlic bulb in the center of the piece of foil. Make sure foil is large enough to pull up and wrap around the entire bulb of garlic.
5. Drizzle bulb of garlic with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and black pepper.
6. Tightly wrap foil around prepared bulb of garlic.
7. Place wrapped garlic on baking sheet and place in preheated oven. Alternately, you can carefully place wrapped garlic directly on wire racks in oven.
8. Roast garlic at 400 degrees for 25-30 minutes, or until garlic becomes fragrant and soft.
9. Carefully remove roasted garlic from oven. Allow garlic to cool slightly, then unwrap foil from around bulb of garlic.
10. Using a knife or fork, scoop out each individual roasted garlic clove. Alternately, you can simply squeeze garlic bulb until all the roasted garlic comes out.
Use roasted garlic for a spread on toasted bread, as directed in a recipe or in place of minced garlic in any recipe for added flavor.
Roasted garlic and be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
Stay tuned for tomorrow’s recipe, where I share one of my favorite ways to enjoy roasted garlic! In the mean time, try using this cooking technique in one of these recipes below:
Cauliflower Risotto (Kitchen Concoctions)
Shrimp and Roasted Garlic Tamale (The Latin Kitchen)
Baba Ganoush (Kitchen Concoctions)
Portabella and Kale Pizza with Roasted Garlic Sauce (Oh My Veggies)
Two Potato and Parsnip Baked Mashed Potatoes (Kitchen Concoctions)
Roasted Garlic and Beet Soup (Gourmet Veggie Mama)
Honey, Mustard and Rosemary Baked Pork Chops (Kitchen Concoctions)
Microwave Roasted Garlic Cloves (The Slender Student)