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Roasted (and Herb Marinated) Garlic


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I am re-posting this from the archives, with some changes. Last weekend we had our home smelling of roasted garlic, olive oil and rosemary.

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I did something different other than just roasting the garlic pods. I peeled the roasted cloves and marinated them in olive oil with herbs. It is not just the garlic cloves that get a distinct flavor, the oil does too.As the flavor infuses over time, the oil and the cloves get fragrant. The oil can be used to : drizzle on bread, pizza, pasta or on any condiments.

As for the roasted cloves, enjoy them any way you want!


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The top of the garlic head sliced…

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Place garlic head in a foil. drizzle olive oil and form a pouch. 


A lot of heads may be roasted at once & saved for later for a week in the refrigerator or frozen in pureed form.

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Roasted (and Herb Marinated) Garlic


Ingredients: (Each head will make about 2 tablespoons of garlic puree.)

  1. garlic whole head/all the cloves intact
  2. 1 teaspoon olive oil for each pod


To marinate:

  1. olive oil – enough to cover the roasted pods when kept in a jar
  2. herbs, any kind you want ( I have used rosemary) – dried or chopped finely if fresh
  3. crushed red pepper (optional)
  4. a few grinds of fresh black pepper


Preheat oven to about 375 F.

Peel the outer skin of th garlic heads, but leave the skin on the cloves & the cloves intact.

Using a sharp knife, slice 1/4 – 1/2 inch off of the pointed end of the garlic head. Place one (two at the most) heads of garlic in a foil (large enough to make a pouch).

Drizzle the oil on it around and on  the garlic heads, slowly allowing the oil to seep in to the individual cloves. Pull the ends of the foil together to make a sealed pouch.

Cook  the garlic head in the foil pouch you had initially placed it in, They may be put on a baking tray, or individually in muffin pan. Bake for about 45 minutes or till the cloves are golden/light brown and tender.

Remove from the oven and cool it enough to be able to touch it. Peel the cloves with a fork or finger, or just squeeze them out of their skins.

The roasted cloves can be eaten just like that by itself, or used in pasta or in any recipe that you might want to use them in. They may also be pureed for other uses.

If you want to marinate them:

Heat the olive oil; add the herbs and the crushed red pepper if you are using and also black pepper. They will sizzle. Switch off the heat and allow it to cool.

Place the peeled roasted cloves in a jar and pour the herbed oil over it so it covers the garlic. Close with an airtight lid. Store in the refrigerator for a couple of weeks and use as needed.

Preparation Time: 5 minutes

Cooking Time: 45 minutes

Difficulty Level: Very Easy

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