Garlic lovers, are you ready to experience this everyday ingredient in a whole new way? Roasting garlic unlocks a wonderful depth of flavor — it’s mellow, sweet, and versatile. If you thought garlic was just for adding a pungent kick to your dishes, you’re about to open up a new flavor that you’ll want to put on everything!

We’ll explore the best tools for roasting garlic at home, the health perks it offers, and of course, all the delicious ways you can use it to enhance your cooking. Get ready to discover why roasted garlic deserves a special place in your kitchen.

Roasted garlic bulbs with a golden-brown color are shown on a piece of aluminum foil. They are seasoned with black pepper and slightly caramelized.

Roasted garlic benefits

Garlic has long been touted as a nutritional powerhouse originating from Asia and is one of the world’s oldest flavor enhancers. Although we don’t need to use it much these days to ward off evil spirits, we can still derive the same health benefits that garlic has offered for centuries.

  • Lots of vitamins and very few calories: Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, Manganese, Selenium, and fiber.
  • Some studies indicate garlic can boost immunity and reduce the number of colds and length of cold symptoms.
  • Some studies indicate active compounds in garlic may reduce high blood pressure.

Best tools for roasting garlic

There are multiple options to choose from when you want to make roasted garlic at home. Any of these methods will work fine.

Using a garlic roaster

Roasting garlic in a garlic roaster is one of the most popular ways to cook garlic. You can use a ceramic garlic roaster, and there’s no need for foil, and you’ll have less mess. Plus, it’s pretty, and you can serve right from the garlic roaster.

What to do with roasted garlic

A favorite way to use roasted garlic is just to spread it on toasted bread. If you make homemade sourdough, then you’ll love the combination of lightly toasted or just warmed sourdough spread with roasted garlic.

You can mash some of the garlic and add to butter, like our herbed butter.

You can also add roasted garlic to Southern mashed potatoes for an amazing base for braised short ribs.

One of our favorite uses for roasted garlic is to spread it on a beef tenderloin while roasting. It makes the best sauce, your house will smell amazing, and the beef will be the best you’ve ever tasted.

How to store roasted garlic

You’ll want to store your roasted garlic in the refrigerator. This is a great flavor additive if you meal prep early in the week. The roasted garlic keeps for several days and can be added to vegetables, soups, or meat.

Can you freeze roasted garlic

Storing the roasted garlic in the freezer is also an option. Just place it in a freezer-safe container and use as needed. Roasted garlic will keep in the freezer for several months.

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