Did you know that garlic is natures antibiotic? There are more ways to use it and none of us eat enough of it!
And to save yourself some time you’ll want to go ahead and roast at least 4 – 6 whole bulbs at the same time. Once you’ve had this roasted garlic you won’t go back to that fake powdered shtuff.
Removing just the loose layers of the outer skin, lay the root side of the garlic bulb down on a cutting board and cut off the top 1/4 or less of the bulb, just enough to expose the actual clove under the skin.
Place bulb root side down in a baking dish or make a foil basket. Pour olive oil over the top just enough to cover and let it run down the sides just a tad.
Bake at about 400 degrees for around 30 – 45 minutes or until soft when poked with a toothpick. The baking time my also depend on how many cloves you have in your baking dish. (Note: the pan you see above is a mini-bread pan, about 3x5x1 1/2D and 2 medium cloves would fit perfectly. PLUS, you’ll smell it about the time you need to check to see how soft it is)
Once removed from oven, let cool before handling.
USES FOR ROASTED GARLIC:
Squeeze one whole bulb into 1 stick of butter, softened and blend thoroughly to make home-made garlic butter. Once blended keep soft and spread on baguette bread slices for baking homemade garlic bread.
Place roasted garlic bulbs on serving platter with other appetizers and let your guest squeeze a clove for eating on crackers or blend into a ramekin for dipping vegetables. Try it on a baked potato and of COURSE on pizza.
Italian Party Cheese Dip:
- Several cloves, (4-6)
- 1 8oz brick of cream cheese, softened
- 1/2 stick of butter, softened
- 2 Tbsp Mrs Dash seasoning and or
- 1 tsp fresh chopped basil
- 1 tsp fresh chopped rosemary
- 1 tsp fresh chopped oregano
- 1 tsp fresh chopped thyme
Blend together until herbs are thoroughly mixed into cheese and butter. Place mixture in the middle of square of plastic wrap, using it to form the mixture into a ball and chill for several hour before serving.
Garlic Roasted Mashed Potatoes:
5 medium potatoes, cleaned, peeled and cubed
One whole bulb of roasted garlic
1/4 cup of heavy cream
1 stick of butter
Mrs Dash and salt and pepper to taste
Once potatoes cubes have boiled until soft, drain and mash. Mix in the remaining ingredients and whip with mixer to a creamy consistency. (Note: once your family tries these, you won’t get away with making plan-ol’ mashed potatoes again – AND, depending on how many people your serving, 5 potatoes might not be enough! These ARE the best!!!!)
Let me know what you come up with.