How to Roast Garlic and How to Use It

Garlic head

This is a garlic lover’s dream—whole bulbs of roasted garlic to do with whatever you wish. Adapted from For the Love of Garlic: The Complete Guide to Garlic Cuisine* by Victoria Renoux.

Peel the loose outer paper from 2 to 3 large garlic bulbs and cut about ¼ inch off the tops to expose some of the cloves. Drizzle each bulb with ½ teaspoon olive oil.

Place the bulbs in a terra cotta garlic roaster or wrap them in aluminum foil. Bake in a preheated 350˚F over for 45 to 60 minutes, or until the garlic is soft. Note that it takes a little longer to bake garlic in a terra cotta garlic roaster than in foil.

Serve the garlic immediately, either from the roaster or arranged on a plate. To release the soft roasted garlic flesh from the cloves, simply squeeze them. Squeeze any leftover cloves into a small covered and refrigerate up to a few days.


If you prefer to roast the cloves individually, separate them from the raw bulb and arrange on a sheet of aluminum foil. Drizzle with the oil and fold the foil around them to form a closed pouch. Bake in a preheated 350˚F oven for about 20-30 minutes, or until soft.

Ten Ways to Use Roasted Garlic:

  • Add to almost any soup, especially blender soups that contain potatoes
  • Stir into cooked rice, beans, and vegetables
  • Add to mashed potatoes
  • Add to salad dressings, dips, and spreads
  • Spread on bread and top with slices of tomato and fresh basil
  • Spread on pizza dough before adding the other ingredients.
  • Mix with Earth Balance and spread on grilled corn-on-the-cob
  • Mix with a little olive oil and toss with cooked pasta just before serving
  • Add to a white sauce
  • Mix with vegan sour cream and serve over baked potatoes

roasted garlice

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3 comments on “How to Roast Garlic and How to Use It

  1. Hannah

    I add it to cooked kale with some salt and red wine vinegar. My husband, the epitome of meat and potatoes, absolutely loves it! I normally can’t get him to eat kale, and he went back for seconds!

  2. Sas

    I would like to ask all what variety of garlic do you use and of course fresh/dried….?

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