Roasted Garlic is a great ingredient to use in dips, dressings, soups, hummus, cheese trays, bread, pizzas, or just topped on tasty crackers.
Garlic in its raw state can be pungent and leave a strong after taste, however, once it is roasted, it becomes sweet, creamy, and deliciously caramelized.
Sister to onions, shallots and leeks, garlic has many proven health benefits and medicinal properties. It’s often touted as one of “the world’s healthiest foods”, so roasting it in large batches and keeping it on hand to be ready to throw into recipes is a great routine to have.
I’ve seasoned this batch of garlic with the Asian nutty flavors of our Glory Kitchen Penang nut & spice mix which adds a bit of red pepper heat and a hint of ginger. I think any of our Glory Kitchen nut blend flavors would make a great seasoning enhancer to Roasted Garlic – it just depends upon the flavor that moves you, Mexican, Asian, Indian, Italian, French or Middle Eastern. The process is easy and the rewards are delicious.
- Penang nut & spice mix
- about 10 heads of garlic (also referred to as bulbs)
- olive oil
- sea salt
- Heat the oven to 450°.
- Take the bulb (full head) of garlic and slice off the entire top to expose a flat layer of each clove. (see photo). Arrange the full bulbs with skins on, face up in a baking dish & drizzle the tops with olive oil. Sprinkle all the bulbs with sea salt and a generous amount of Penang nut & spice mix.
- Cover the baking dish tightly with aluminum foil and place in the hot oven for 30 minutes. Remove from the oven, uncover, and allow them to cool completely.
- Take each head of garlic, and with your hands, squeeze out each individual garlic clove into a bowl (see photo). Some cloves might be a bit soft and will squish out. Divide these up into what you will use now and place the leftovers into small freezer-safe bags to have ready for future recipes. I usually package each baggie with 10-15 cloves each.
- Use the Roasted Garlic cloves when making dips, pizza, sauces, soups, casseroles, or hummus... the sky's the limit.
Any of the Glory Kitchen nut & spice blends would be a great seasoning to Roasted Garlic.