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Roasted Garlic

Prep time: 40 minutes
Servings: 1-2 cloves

Ingredients:
  • 1 whole head garlic
  • extra virgin olive oil
Directions:
  1.  Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Peel and discard the papery outer layers of the whole garlic bulb. Leave intact the skins of the individual cloves of garlic.
  3. Cut ¼ to ½ inch from the top of the cloves. This exposes the individual cloves of garlic.
  4. Place the garlic heads in a baking pan, cut side up (a muffin pan works well, too). Drizzle a teaspoon or two of olive oil over the cut side. Use fingers to rub the olive oil into the exposed cloves.
  5. Cover the garlic bulb with aluminum foil. Bake at 400°F for 30-40 minutes, or until the cloves are lightly browned and feel soft when pressed.
  6. Allow the garlic to cool so that you can touch it. Using your fingers or some other utensil, squeeze the roasted garlic out of skins.
Notes:

Roasting the garlic takes away the bitterness of the raw garlic and turns it into a delicious and caramelized treat. Roasted garlic is incredibly versatile. You could eat it as is, spread it on bread, mix it in with mashed potatoes, add it to hummus, guacamole, or other spreads, add it to pasta, etc.

Health benefits: There are many benefits from garlic. It is an anti-inflammatory, so it can help with reducing cholesterol. It can also help with lowering blood pressure, protect against heart disease, cold prevention and more.

Nutrition:

Per serving: 5 calories; 0.01 g total fat; 0.5 g carbohydrates; 0 mg sodium

Recipe source: https://www.simplerecipes.com