You know how restaurants serve you bread and butter, or bread and an oil dip? A Long Time Ago, I went to an Italian restaurant that served bread and roasted cloves of garlic.
I was instantly addicted. Done right, it spreads like butter and smells SO GOOD. I even bought one of those garlic roaster thingies so I could do my own. Unfortunately, it takes a long time to cook, and I, like everyone else out there, am often pressed for time. Also, I felt the drain of wasted energy – an oven set at 400 degrees for an hour for a lone head of garlic?
But the other day, I got a hankering. The ceramic roaster was long gone, but I figured aluminum foil would work just as well. And instead of the huge kitchen oven, I could use the toaster oven. Let’s do this!
You will need:
One head of garlic
A toaster oven (or a regular oven if you’re cooking something else that can withstand the garlic)
Cooking spray or oil. I’m not sure if it’s necessary, but I’ve always used it.
Preheat the toaster oven to 400 degrees.
Slice the top off the garlic head. Just enough to expose the actual cloves.
Loosely rap the head in aluminum foil. I plunk it down in the middle and gather it on top.
Put the garlic in the toaster and cook for an hour.
If you can withstand the temptation, let it cool a bit before you use it. You can use a knife to scrape each clove, or squeeze the head to make sure you get every last bit of garlicky goodness. Be careful, though, because it will splurt out when you squeeze.
I had a nice, crusty loaf of French bread and I covered it with both the butter and the garlic to make – you guessed it – garlic bread. So amazing and delicious and EASY!!!
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