Tuesday, February 22, 2011

DIY Roasted Garlic

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Roasted Garlic

Roasted garlic has to be one of the easiest, versatile and most delicious things on the planet. Like I told my friend Amanda on Friday night, "It's like eating flavored butter without all the calories." If you've never tried it you are missing out, my friends. How can you use it? Let me count the ways. Literally.

1. Spread on warm bread or stirred with olive oil for dipping chunks of bread. *Sigh*
2. Pureed into dips. I know a lot of you out there are big fans of hummus! Also try it with soft cheeses, sauces and dressings.
3. As part of an appetizer tray. Set whole roasted heads out right along your cheese wedges, tomatoes, roasted peppers, crusty breads and crackers.
5. As a pizza topping.
6. Rubbed onto pizza crust, or bread toasted for bruschetta.
7. Added to mayonnaise. Divine.
8. Kneaded into homemade bread dough.
9. Mashed into potatoes.
10. Scrambled into eggs.

Drooling yet?

Roasted Garlic

The best part about roasted garlic is how easy it is to make. A bit of oil and a sprinkle of salt and you're ready to go. It can be kept in the fridge for up to a week (if it lasts that long), and it can be frozen. One option is to puree it after roasting, and drop it into ice-cube trays, a tablespoon at a time. The other option is to freeze the cloves whole, but tossed with olive oil before popping them into plastic bags. You can always poor oil over the cloves in the bag, and later you'll have wonderful roasted garlic and garlic-infused olive oil.

The possibilities and uses are endless. And one can never have too much garlic! How would you use it?

Roasted Garlic

Check out these directions at howtoroastgarlic.net. Doesn't get much easier than that, does it?

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8 comments:

  1. You are so right! Roasted garlic is so darn easy to make and such a delight.

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  2. I don't think I ever even thought of roasting it myself! But YUM!!! Might need to try that! Yes....drooling here!

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  3. I couldn't agree with you more. This should be a staple, right along with flour and butter and eggs. :)

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  4. Seriously, there isn't much that's better than this. Garlic rules :)

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  5. garlic bread, mashed taters, pasta sauce, vampire deterrent. you're so right--the uses for garlic are endless. :)

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  6. Yum yum yum! Great idea, Abby!

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  7. Abby, I never thought of it like that but you are so RIGHT! And why have never made it???! DUH!

    Hope all is well with yourself, B, & C!
    ~ingrid

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