The Best Way to Make

The Roast Garlic Recipe That's Too Easy Not to Make

Roasted garlic
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Roasted garlic is delicious and an underused addition to myriad dishes and preparations. Mashed potatoes, pizza, mayonnaise, steaks, roasted chicken, party dip, and salad dressing are just a few. I could keep going, but that would only delay you learning how to actually roast the damn stuff. Without further ado...

Roasted Garlic
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Peel the garlic

You'll need one or more heads of garlic. Peel just the outer layers off, keeping the head intact.

Roasted garlic
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Grease the garlic

Trim about ½ inch off the root end to expose the cloves. Drizzle 2 teaspoons olive oil over the exposed garlic, letting the oil sink down.

Roasted garlic
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Roast the garlic

Wrap garlic in aluminum foil and roast in the oven at 400°F for about 45 minutes, or when a center clove is completely soft and golden brown. Roasting time will depend on the size of your garlic.

Roasted garlic
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Unwrap the garlic

Let the garlic cool slightly, then lightly pinch the bottoms of the cloves to push them out of the skin.
 

Roasted garlic
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Store the garlic

If you don't eat it right away, roasted garlic can be refrigerated for up to 2 weeks or frozen for up to 3 months.

Roasted garlic
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Perry Santanachote is Thrillist's recipes editor and finds garlic breath sexy. Follow her at @perrysant.