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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

GarLic **

...so i was thinking about my post from last night and realized that not everyone knows how to roast garlic...so i thought that I would give you a few simple ways to roast garlic.

#1) take whole head of garlic, chop the top off to expose the garlic put them on a piece of aluminum foil (that will be big enough to wrap them up) pour a little olive oil on them and salt, then wrap them up tight (making sure the ends go up so the oil doesn't leak out) and put them in the oven on a baking sheet at 350 for 20-30 minutes. When finished let cool and then just pick up the garlic head and squeeze the cloves out.

#2) remove all the cloves from the husks and place in a saute pan and cover with oil, turn the pan on high until it starts to boil then down to low until garlic is tender...this way you have also made garlic oil which is great for garlic bread, an olive oil based sauce for pasta, or vinaigrette.

#3) break up the pieces of the garlic head into cloves leaving them in the husks and put them into a dry saute pan. Turn the heat on high, let the pan get hot and the husk will start to brown, turn the heat down to medium, move the cloves around a bit until all the cloves inside are tender.

All the ways to roast garlic are pretty simple so give it a try. Roasted garlic is great for so many things, if you store it in oil it will keep in your fridge for a really long time. I love roasted garlic with a little oil and salt just spread on a crusty baguette or added to a creamy dressing....tossed with pasta, some roasted mushrooms, and tomatoes with fresh basil....may mouth is watering just thinking about it! Enjoy!

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