I never knew how much I loved garlic...until I stopped buying it out of a jar. My first attempts at fresh garlic were not without mishap, especially when I thought the whole head of garlic was a clove of garlic.
Well, I've come a long ways. Call me Miss Domestic.
I still won't peel the stuff, it takes too long.
But there is this great product at Costco called Fresh Garlic...Peeled.
Beautiful stuff there.
So, because I don't really need two pounds of fresh garlic, I have stolen my mother-in-law's recipe for roasted garlic and I now roast those handy-dandy, pre-peeled garlic cloves. Then, I share the garlic goodwill with others. Like this Friday, when we went to visit some dear friends after a week of camping...
Inevitably, we were dirty.
So, I planned ahead and came bearing gifts...hoping they would let us in the door.
I'm pretty sure it's because I brought the garlic. Or because we're so utterly charming that the grime was hardly noticeable...um...it was the garlic.
Here's the easy steps:
Open up that bulk-sized bag of garlic and spread it out on a cookie sheet or low roasting pan.
Pour some olive oil over the top (about 1/2 a cup, or more) and toss to coat.
Roast the garlic at 325 for about 30 - 40 minutes, stirring every ten minutes or so.
Let the garlic cool a bit. It should look like this when you are done.
Then throw it in your food processor and let your two-year old push ON.
Package the garlic in cuter packaging than mine and throw it in your refrigerator until you feel that garlic-goodwill-feeling. It will keep for approximately four months.