Ever since I started working from home, I’ve been looking for good recipes that are easy to set up but don’t require a ton of extra attention or effort. It’s so nice to leave a dough to proof or meat to marinate while I go back up to do some work or check some emails. This recipe is a great example of that: All you need is garlic, oil, and an oven – once it goes in, you’re pretty much done.
To start, take a bulb or two of garlic and take off most of the outer paper. You want the head to stay together when you roast it, so don’t go too crazy with it, but you’ll want to be able to access the individual cloves when you’re done. After that, cut of the top of the bulb, exposing the inside of the individual cloves. If some cloves are lower than the rest, use a paring knife to cut off their tops individually. Once you’ve given them a trim, place on a piece of aluminum foil. Drizzle over a teaspoon or two of olive oil, and wrap tightly in the foil. Place in a 400F oven (make sure to put a pan underneath to catch drippings! Your smoke alarm will thank you) and roast for 40-50 minutes.
The end result is a super mellow tasting, really cool looking head of garlic. After you’ve let it rest for 15 minutes, you can squeeze it out directly onto some toast or crackers, or you can mix it in to a salad dressing or dip for a hint of garlic flavor. Either way, it’s a super easy (and deceptively classy) little appetizer you can whip up without even trying.