ROASTED GARLIC SPREAD

Did you know that in 2 days it’ll be September 1st?  Did you know that?  It’s a pretty well known fact and sometimes even happens every year.  Unlike birthdays which definitely only happen once every other year. Once you hit 30.

When September hits I start thinking about the 3 Rs.   Reading, Relaxing and Roasting.  I mainly just think about reading and relaxing.  Roasting though?  That one I actually do.  There’s something about autumn and roasted food that goes together.  The way it oven warms up the kitchen and carries the delicious aroma of browning, roasting food throughout the house.  Autumn and winter are for foods that take care and time.  Stews and roasts and slow cooked casseroles with crunchy tops oozing with rich flavours underneath.

I don’t think you should but you can skip right to the recipe if you want.
Roasted Garlic Spread Recipe

Starting in September, or whenever the nights get longer and the thermometer lower, I roast. I roast roasts, I roast chickens, I roast carrots, cabbage, sweet potatoes and squash.  Roasting anything makes it delicious. Except brussels sprout.  Deep frying is the only way you can go with those little devil heads.

So what happens during roasting exactly that’s so magical?

Roasting breaks down the sugars that are in all vegetables no matter how “unsweet” they seem.  Garlic for example probably isn’t something you’d describe as sweet.  Or onions.  But once you roast them they develop a sweet taste.

HOW IS THIS VOODOO POSSIBLE???

The heat from roasting (or pan frying) breaks down the large sugar cells in the vegetables into smaller ones. The breaking down of these cells distributes the sugars into smaller cells which in turn makes the vegetable softer, sweeter and allows it to caramelize.

Who cares, right?   I know.  I just wanted interject a bit of smart into one of my posts.

 

Roasted Garlic Spread Recipe

One of the most dramatic flavour changes from roasting is with garlic.  Garlic goes from sharp, strong and vampirey to smooth, mellow and toasty sweet when you roast it.

So the other day when I prepped all of the garlic I pulled this summer to get it ready to store for the winter I took a few bulbs, popped them in the oven and gorged myself on its roasty, toasty, goodness.

 

Roasted Garlic Spread Recipe

To roast garlic all you have to do is wrap it in a double layer of tin foil, throw it into a 400 degree oven (200 celsius), and wait.  45 minutes – 1 hour later you’ll have roasted garlic.

You can cut the top off of the garlic, drizzle it with olive oil and salt prior to baking but that step isn’t totally necessary.  It is helpful though because when you open your tin foil packet to check on the garlic you can see immediately if the garlic is starting to turn golden brown (which you want).  Golden = caramelized = sweet.

 

Roasted Garlic Spread Recipe

Once the garlic is soft and starting to turn golden, just pull it out of the oven, let it cool a bit so you can handle it, then squeeze each head into a bowl.  The cloves with be soft, mushy and very VERY sticky.  Seriously.  Stick. Y.

You can use roasted garlic to repair broken china, hang pictures on walls and apply false eyelashes which will stay on for 1-2 months.  It’s true.  Everybody says so.

Roasted Garlic Spread Recipe

 

Once the garlic is squished into a bowl add about 1 tablespoon of olive oil and a large pinch of salt for every 2 heads of garlic.  Mash it all up with a fork.

You now have roasted garlic spread.

Now what?  Well, you can keep it in the fridge for up to a week or freeze it for use throughout the winter, but I’m not sure I’d suggest you do that because then you’ll miss out on your house smelling like roasted garlic all winter long.  It’s better to do it the day you’re craving it so you can get the full sensory experience.

ROASTED GARLIC SPREAD

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Ingredients

  • 4 heads of garlic
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 large pinches salt

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 f (200 celsius)
  • Cut the top off of the garlic to expose the top of the cloves.
  • Wrap garlic in a double layer of tin foil.
  • Put in preheated oven for 45 minutes - 1 hour (until heads are soft and cloves are golden)
  • Let garlic cool enough to handle then squish cloves out into bowl.
  • Add olive oil and salt then mash with a fork.
  • Store in fridge for 1 week or freeze indefinitely.

 

5 Uses for Roasted Garlic.
  1. Mix with sour cream to make a dip.
  2. Add to soups and stews to create a sweeter, more complex flavour than raw garlic.
  3. Add to sautéed vegetables like green beans or spinach.
  4. Add to mayonnaise for a roasted garlic aioli. (2 heads garlic per cup of mayo)
  5. Spread on toasted baguettes.  THIS is my favourite.

Even though you can spread roasted garlic on a baguette slice all on its own, because there’s absolutely no shame in being super-boring, you might want to think of adding a few other things.

To get you rolling I have a few examples of ways you can amp up your toasted baguette/roasted garlic game.

 

Roasted Garlic Spread Recipe

From the bottom up:

  1.  Toasted baguette with roasted garlic.  Delicious.  If you’ve never tried the other ones.
  2. Toasted baguette with roasted garlic, topped with brie or mozzarella cheese and broiled.
  3. Toasted baguette with roasted garlic, diced tomatoes, torn basil leaves, sea salt and a drizzle of olive oil across the top.
  4. Toasted baguette with roasted garlic and avocado slices.  Generously salt.  A stunning creamy, rich creation.

That’s just to get you started. I’m sure you can think of a million other ways to dress up a baguette. And according to my calendar you have exactly 2 days to do it.

46 Comments

  1. Andrew says:

    I love this! Roasted Garlic has become a tradition at our Thanksgiving table. It’s super-easy to throw a few cloves in the oven next to the turkey, so takes barely any extra effort at all….

  2. Leslie Barnard says:

    Roasty Toasty. Tussie Mussie. Your posts make me Slappy Happy!!

  3. Him again. says:

    Foraging, found a bit of wild garlic, so I pickled 3 pounds.
    (Peeling the wild stuff is a bit more maddening than the cultivated, but worth it)
    Four more pounds to process, thinking roasty stinky stuff might be a plan.
    Thanks Krazee K!

    • Karen says:

      Nooooo problem! If the garlic is super-fresh and hasn’t cured it’s way harder to peel. Maybe you jumped the gun on roasting it on account of being the over zealous type. Maybe. Just a guess. ~ k!

      • You Know says:

        Second round. Let it cure, even worse. Until I washed it. Shot out of the skins like poop out of a penguin. The pickling recipe makes it taste like roasted, and it keeps for a bit longer. Wild garlic is too petite for roasting, but I’m planting some now for next season. Thanks Gorgeous!

  4. Charlene says:

    We grow lots of garlic too. Each year I fill a sheet cake pan full of topped heads lightly coated in olive oil. Cover the pan with foil and bake. Once it has cooled I put two or three heads in a small baggie. I then put all the small baggies in a large freezer bag. I can then pull out a few at a time to use.

    Last year we discovered Black Garlic. OMG Karen! If you haven’t tried black garlic you need to. It tastes totally different from roasted garlic. It is fermented. It has a sweet, savory flavor and is not acidic or pungent. You don’t smell like garlic after eating it so that’s also a plus. It is lovely to use in dressings, spreads, or alone as a spread. It almost has a rich balsamic vinegar taste to me.

    There are ancient techniques you can use to ferment or buy a machine made just for fermenting garlic. Unlike the Instant Pot we both bought and then scratched our heads as to why, you will not regret the purchase of the black garlic fermenter.

    It is the Idris Elba of garlic. Trust me :)

    • Karen says:

      Ha! That stupid Instant Pot. I do like it for chili and yogourt though. So at least it wasn’t a complete waste. I know all about black garlic, but when I first saw it a year or two ago I was hoping that was the cloves as they grew. Nope, lol. I’ll try to ferment them on my own before venturing into another appliance. :) Thanks for the reminder. ~ karen!

  5. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    Since my son and I are both garlic lovers we will give this a try this weekend…I roast other veggies…I don’t know why I’ve never tried garlic!

  6. Diego Lopes says:

    This must be so delicious! I love everything with garlic, so I already know this will become one of my favorite recipes. Thank you for sharing!

  7. Hazel says:

    One of the first cookbooks I ever bought (by the rather brilliant Sophie Grigson) suggested this as a starter with good bread, toasted, and soft herbed goats cheese to spread on alongside. You could substitute ricotta or curd cheese if you prefer. Yum.
    You’ve reminded me to make it again.

  8. Kasia W says:

    The one time I roasted garlic and ate maybe one head total once mashed and spread, I evidently reeked of garlic for at least two days (yes, I showered and brushed my teeth!). This was according to my lovely coworkers, who wouldn’t come near me! The odor was coming out of my skin! Now I’m afraid to do it again!! But it was soooo delicious!

    • Karen says:

      Yep. That’s where the smell comes from. Your skin! My sister has the same thing happen to her and my ex would reek the day after eating curried Jamaican food. REEK. It would ooozeeeee out of his pores, lol. ~ karen!

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