This week, we have another awesome recipe from EncanterraÂ® resident and author, Jules Meyer’s upcoming cook book. If you missed the last recipe she shared with us (Creamy Baked Brie w/ Toasted Almonds), get it here â€” Itâ€™s super tasty! Now weâ€™re lucky to get to try Jules’s Roasted Garlic Recipe, along with a personal introduction from the author herself. Check it out below!
Roasted Garlic is mild, sweet and delicious! I love Roasted Garlic and always have some in my fridge so itâ€™s ready for any recipe I may need it for. You can Roast Garlic many ways but I prefer to cook mine in the oven with a little olive oil, some dried herbs, and a little water to steam. I find the water helps the Garlic stay super plump and moist. The cloves easily pull up and out of its skin so itâ€™s easy to use or spread. I made Roasted Garlic one night for a cocktail party and some of the guests had never had it before. They didnâ€™t know Garlic could ever be so sweet and mild and spread like Butter. They were so surprised and loved it! Most recipes donâ€™t add water to the pan but one time I added some water to the pan and Iâ€™ve made it this way ever since. I think this is what really makes it extra special. Of all the ways I have tried cooking Garlic this is my absolute favorite!
PREP TIME AND COOKING TIME
5 to 10 minutes to Prep
50 Minutes to 1 hour to Bake plus 10-15 more Minutes to Brown
Set oven to 425 Degrees
Garlic can be baked and kept in Tupperware with tight lid for up to 5 days in the fridge
3 to 5 Large Garlic Bulbs– I always make extra to have on hand
1 to 2 Tbls Extra Virgin Olive Oil â€“ enough to coat the top of each bulb
Italian Seasoning or Dry Oregano â€“ a pinch over the top of each bulb (Optional)
Water â€“ 1â„4 to 1â„2 cup, just enough to cover the bottom of the pan to help steam the Garlic
Get an Oven Proof Glass Pie Plate or an Aluminum Pan (I use a round aluminum pan which is what I prefer) but either works just fine. Also get a piece of Aluminum Foil big enough to cover the pan tightly around the edges.
Use a serrated knife to cut the Garlic in half. We will bake both halves.
Place the Halved Garlic Bulbs with the Raw Garlic exposed and facing up, in your oven proof pan.
Drizzle Olive Oil over the top of each Garlic Bulb just enough to coat. Sprinkle with Italian Seasoning or Dried Oregano *optional. *NOTE: The dry herbs are optional. I prefer to have a little bit of seasoning on them when serving as an appetizer but keep them plain when using for other recipes.
Now, put a small amount of Water (1/4th to 1â„2 C) in the dish just enough to help Steam the Garlic and make it Extra Creamy and Soft in Texture. Start with 1/4th Cup and see how that sits. You donâ€™t want too much just enough to coat the bottom of the baking dish.
Cover the dish tightly with Aluminum Foil and place in oven.
Set timer for 50 minutes. *NOTE: In my oven the Garlic takes 60 minutes almost every time and then I take the foil off and bake 10-15 more minutes to brown the Garlic. Depending on your oven it may already be brown and you wonâ€™t have to add any more time to it.