One of the best and the most cost-effective ways to boost the flavor and depth of your meals is the use of roasted head garlic. If you don’t know how to prepare it, simply grab a few Mediterranean recipes involving the use of roasted head garlic and you’ll be good to go. The thing about Mediterranean recipes is that they always include three basic ingredients, i.e., garlic, lemon, and olive oil.
Garlic has been in use by people of varying cultural and geographical backgrounds for centuries. Not only does it add more flavor to your meals but also offers a wide range of health benefits. Especially when it comes to your heart, consuming garlic is the best way to keep it healthy. This should explain why it is such an important ingredient in most Mediterranean and Asian recipes.
That being said, the taste of raw garlic is not something anyone can stomach. However, once roasted, not only does its flavor improve but it also becomes more digestible.
Roasted head garlic is one of the best and the most cost-effective ways to boost the flavor and depth of your meals.
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3 Best Ways to Prepare Roasted Head Garlic
There are many ways to prepare roasted head garlic. I mean, this wonder vegetable has been around for centuries and people from almost every culture in the world have been using it in their meals and medication.
At the very least, there should be ten or more recipes for preparing roasted head garlic. Keeping that in mind, we’re sharing 3 of the best ways to prepare roasted head garlic. Read on to find the recipe that works for you.
1. Pаn Rоаѕtеd Head Garlic
Should you need just a few cloves of garlic to be roasted, you can easily do that in a pan without a worry. Just grab a pan and heat it up for a few minutes. Make sure the pan is being heated on medium flame.
Once the pan is heated, add the garlic cloves without peeling off their skin. Keep stirring with a spatula and turn the cloves over every two minutes. Do this for 7 to 8 minutes. By this time, the garlic cloves would have turned golden brown. They might even have been charred in some areas.
Turn off the heat and take them out. Once cool, start peeling off their skin. At this point, you will begin to realize that these pan-roasted garlic cloves are not only easy to prepare but can also be peeled off effortlessly.
2. Ovеn-Rоаѕtеd Head Gаrlіс – With Fоіl
The process is quite simple. Before you do anything else, you must preheat the oven up to 400 degrees (Fahrenheit). That being done, peel off the garlic skin from the cloves you will be roasting in the oven.
Once done, cut off around 1/4 to 1/2 inch of the garlic’s head. This will allow each of the garlic cloves to be exposed. Right after cutting off the garlic head, get a large piece of foil and spread it on an oven tray. Put the garlic head in the foil, drop in a few drops of olive oil and rub the garlic head with your hands to make sure it’s covered in oil.
Following this, wrap the foil up around the garlic head and place it on either a ramekin or a baking sheet. Set the timer up for 30-40 minutes. Let the garlic roast now. Once the timer stops, take out the tray and leave the garlic head to cool before you start handling it.
3. Ovеn-Rоаѕtеd Head Gаrlіс – Without Foil
This method is just as easy as the other two we mentioned above. If we’re being honest, this one is a little more useful than the other two as it helps you roast around a dozen garlic heads in a single batch. Moreover, if you are one of those people who just don’t like using a foil when cooking, for whatever reason, then this is the recipe for you.
As you read on, you will realize that this method is not any different from the one with the foil. The only difference lies in the fact that instead of a foil, this method involves the use of a muffin tin or a muffin pan. Instead of putting the garlic head in the foil and wrapping the foil up around it, you place the garlic head inside a muffin tin.
That being done, you drop a few drops of olive oil over the garlic head, cover it with a similar, almost identical, muffin tin, and place it in the preheated oven. Set up the timer for 30 – 40 minutes straight. Once the oven stops, take out the roasted garlic heads, let them cool down. After that, you can add them to whatever dish you prepared them for or store them for later use.
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