Have you ever wondered How to Roast Garlic without the addition of oil? This roasted garlic recipe is nothing short of spectacular.
Are you ready to witness the simple transformation of garlic from pungent to mellow, bitter-like to sweet, and coarse to buttery in texture?
If you’ve been here before, you know that I love to use this popular ingredient in cooking.
Without a doubt, one of my favorite recipes is these Garlic Knots. They make terrific appetizers, especially when served with this Simple Marinara Sauce.
This metamorphosis we are talking about today is easily achievable by doing just one thing: roasting it.
How to roast garlic
Start by preheating your oven to 375°F (190°C).
Remove any loose layers from the outer head, making sure to leave it intact.
Cut off about a ¼-½ inch from the top with a very sharp knife.
Arrange the head cut side up, in an unoiled small baking dish.
Feel free to prepare as many as you like.
Add a tablespoon of water and cover.
Alternatively, wrap the head in some parchment paper with the addition of 1 tablespoon of water. Then cover with aluminum paper to create a sealed package.
Place in the oven and bake for at least 45 minutes. After 45 minutes, verify whether it is soft to the touch. Another indication is if you can pierce the center clove with a paring knife.
Note that the total baking time will vary based on the size of the cloves.
Soon, you will begin to smell a wonderfully sweet fragrance!
The longer it stays in the oven, the more intense the flavor becomes.
You will also begin to notice some caramelizing.
Once removed and when cool enough to handle, grab the bulb from the bottom and give it a gentle squeeze. The cloves should pop straight out of their skin.
- The total yield will vary based on the size of the bulb.
- Use the sharpest knife to cut off the heads.
How to store this essential Italian ingredient?
Keep refrigerated in an airtight container.
How long does it last?
These aromatic cloves can be kept in the refrigerator for up to 1 week or frozen for up to 2 months.
Garlic recipes we love
- Garlicky Green Beans
- Sauteed Swiss Chard
- Garlic Scape Pesto
- Roasted Brussel Sprouts
- Garlic Yogurt Sauce
- Oven Roasted Garlic Potatoes
- Sauteed Garlic Broccolini
The garlic story
My mom would love to make roasted garlic cloves. She would use them in countless ways, especially in her vegetables.
My dad also loved it – he would prefer to eat his raw. He would tell us it was good for his health, and of course, he would be right, as there are so many health benefits.
Did you know that these bulbs are extremely winter hardy? The best time to plant the individual cloves is in the fall. And, according to my family’s tradition, there is another optimal planting condition: the moon apparently must be in the waning phase…
I vividly remember the conversations between my paternal grandparents and my dad as to when the best time would be to plant it.
Every year, without fail, this discussion took place. Even as a teenager, and especially throughout my young adult life, these animated conversations always intrigued me.
After my paternal grandparents passed away, my father continued to follow their tradition: he planted the bulbs in the fall, during the waning phase of the moon, to have the most fragrant and magnificent bulbs when harvested.
A few months ago, my dad was hospitalized. I realized that my dad’s time to plant this bulbous herb had come to an end.
This fall, I had the garlic conversation one final time with my dad.
And so, I found myself researching moon phases to determine when would be the best time to plant my organic bulbs It might be worth mentioning that there are so many reliable sources that report that there is no conclusive evidence showing the validity of so-called agricultural astrology.
So really, maybe that special conversation that persisted throughout the years wasn’t as important as I thought it was, growing up.
Still, though, I planted it during the waning phase of the moon, to honor my father, and as I did, my thoughts lingered on the changing seasons and I turned to Mother Nature for solace.
The transition of the seasons is inevitable, like so many things in life…
My father passed away this week, from lung cancer. Reluctantly, we accept.
It’s never easy to say good-bye.
This post is dedicated to the loving memory of my father.
Grazie Pa! Sarai sembre nei nostri cuori ♥
How to Roast Garlic
- 1 head garlic or as many as needed
- 1 tablespoon water
- Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
- Remove any loose layers from the outer head. Make sure to leave the head whole and intact.
- Cut off about a ¼-½ inch from the head.
- Arrange cut side up, in an unoiled small baking dish.
- Add a tablespoon of water and cover.
- Alternatively, wrap the head in some parchment paper with the addition of 1 tablespoon of water. Then cover with aluminum paper to create a sealed package.
- Place in the oven and bake for at least 45 minutes. After 45 minutes, verify whether the garlic is soft to the touch. Another indication that your garlic is ready is if you can pierce the center clove with a paring knife.
- When cool enough to handle, grab the bulb from the bottom and give it a gentle squeeze. The cloves should pop straight out of their skin.
- Note that the total baking time will vary based on the size of the cloves.
- The total yield will vary based on the size of the bulb.
- Use the sharpest knife to cut off the tip of the bulb.
This post was originally published on December 4, 2016, and republished on January 24, 2020, with updated photos and content. Thanks for sharing!
I just came across this particular blog. I adore your recipes , they connect me to my own heritage. My Nana was an unbelievable creative seasonal cook, originally from Genoa.
However, this tribute to your father brings tears to my eyes. I too lost my Dad over 20 years ago. So even that it’s 2023, my heart is with you and when I read your blogs this will be in the corner of my mind.
Thank you so much for your kind words Pamela ♥
My condolences for the loss of your dad. May the Lord give you peace and
strength during this time. I enjoy your blog and recipes.
Thank you so much for your kind words Nancy ♥
We found the Garlic recipe quite helpful. The ads on the page made it a bit challenging to read the entire article but worth the effort. You’re right. A sharpe knife is required for a precision cut of the garlic head.
I appreciate your comment Carl. Thanks so much for taking the time to comment.
My deepest sympathy to you and your entire family Marie. What a loving tribute this post is to you father. You are in my thoughts….
Thank you Paula ♥
Ciao Maria, I’m so sorry to hear the passing of your father. Losing a parent is difficult especially during the holidays. Thank you for sharing your beautiful story and memories. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Un forte abbraccio <3
Grazie Rosa ♥
I just loved roasted garlic. It is delicious by itself or as an addition to so many dishes instantly providing a deeper flavor profile.
The taste transformation never seizes to amaze me. Thanks for taking the time to comment 🙂
My deepest sympathy at the loss of your daddy. You are right it is never easy to loss someone we love. I find it particularly hard when it is our one remaining parent. Somehow you realize that you are the eldest generation now and with that comes responsibltes. Now you have to be the wise one, guiding the next generation forth in traditions, memories and role modelling. Thank you for sharing this beautiful story.
Your words resonate with me. Thank you so much Lina ♥
Quel bel hommage à ton papa. Tu es très courageuse et forte.
En écrivant tous ces beaux textes, en publiant toutes ces magnifiques photos, en partageant toutes ces recettes typiques, tu honores la mémoire de tes parents. Ils seront toujours près de toi.
Ce matin, j’ai versé quelques larmes en te lisant, je partage ton chagrin et à toi et tous tes proches, j’offre mes sincères sympathies!
Merci Diane ♥