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Roasted Garlic

Garlic is expensive and it might sound crazy to actually roast it but you'd be surprised just how different it becomes when roasted. It also makes an amazing topping for bruschetta. The caramelised sugars in garlic reduce it's pungent odour and give it a creamy slightly sweet flavour.

It's the sort of dish that is easy to make, adds a gourmet touch to any meal and leaves your guests pleasantly surprised at your creativity.

This is one of those highlights for a meal that works best with a normal meal, rather than as an extra to a gourmet meal. It looks stunningly different, tastes great and very few people would have ever tried it.

Roasted Garlic

Roasted garlic straight from the oven, ready to serve.

There is another trick with this recipe. Roasted garlic is easily mashed and spread and makes a fantastic vegetarian pate-like spread for bruschetta or crackers too.

Ingredients

  • 3 bulbs of garlic (one per serve).

  • With a sharp knife, cut the top 2cms of the pointed end of each bulb. You want to cut the top off each clove.

  • Stand the bulb in a puddle of rice bran oil (because it is virtually tasteless) for 2 minutes. The dry skin will soak up some of the oil. When it's roasting, this will seal in the moisture and stop the cloves of garlic drying out. It will also help caramelise the garlic and bring out the natural sugars.

  • Soak the bulb in a pool of olive oil

    Soak the garlic in a puddle of oil for 2 minutes

  • drizzle some oil over the bulb so it will run down deep into the cloves during the cooking process.

  • Drizzle some oil over the top of the bulb

    Drizzle some oil over the top of the bulb.

  • Place the finished bulbs in an oven dish, cover with cooking foil and bake in the oven the same as any other roast vegetables

  • Roasting pan covered with foil

    Cover with foil and roast like any other vegetable.

  • And the finished result will be caramalised and sweet roasted garlic.

  • To use this for bruschetta or as a vege pate, on crackers, rather than a served vegetable, allow to cool and pull the cloves apart. Squeeze the bottom of each clove and the roasted flesh will eject. It will spread with a knife, like butter onto your bruschetta or crackers.

Roasted Garlic

Roasted garlic, ready to serve

Garlic cloves

Evil's bane
Because garlic was known to have healing properties and even the coldest snows couldn't kill it, it was believed to ward off evil's deathly chill, thus warding of vampires and other incarnations of evil.

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Suggestions

Although garlic is very expensive, it is easily grown in the garden or container (see our Garlic page in the Herbs section) and two bulbs will give you a small basket full of fresh garlic. Homegrown garlic tastes so much better too.

Garlic cloves growing in beer bottles

Garlic cloves growing in stubby beer bottles.

You can even grow it in old stubby bottles and the leaves make good salad greens. The people in this terrace house in Melbourne's Carlton, had no room for a garden. Eventually these were transferred into a window box where the mauve flowers made a great show as well. They harvested a over 750 grams of garlic bulbs from this.

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