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The Joy of Garlic: Olive Roasted Head of Garlic edit

Aj_1_1 Garlic joy..., that is what I feel right now! Oh my garlic..., Oh my delicious roasted garlic... There is nothing better than a fresh roasted head of garlic to have with a still warm loaf of French bread. And I say loaf, because when you start would be very difficult to stop! smile

Now, I am going to present you a list of reasons why this recipe is a MUST for your life:

  1. It is so easy to prepare, always a good thing to have in the fridge ready. A delicacy like this is very expensive to purchase already prepared..., just take a look at the gourmet shop near you, or at the supermarket..., and you will see what I mean.
  2. The health benefits of the garlic are widely known, including the fact that is considered a mosquito repellent (that in my case would be of great help, because they LOVE me!). It is believed that if you eat a large amount of garlic then it actually seeps out through the pores of your skin. Any intelligent mosquito which finds you will think twice before taking a bite. You can read more on the health benefits of eating garlic HERE.
  3. There are so many scrumptious recipes you could prepare with roasted garlic, why do not you try now?

The Ingredients:

4 heads of garlic
2 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 cup water


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 500 F. Trim the stems of the garlic heads by 1/2-inch.
  2. Place the garlic heads, cut side up, in a small baking dish and drizzle them with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Then add the water to the baking dish and bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes, or until the garlic is golden brown on top.
  3. Remove the baking dish from the oven and let the garlic cool completely. Then, squeeze carefully the garlic out from the skins.
  4. Serve with slices of French bread and garnish garlic with little olive oil and parsley on top.

Enjoy! Melissa

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  • by Chef Melissa
  • October 01, 2005
  • 8:33 pm


Picture of Lynn Hoffer .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) said on...
10.02.05 at 03:14 PM |

I love roasted garlic and am always looking for new ways to use it - one way I’ve tried recently was to add the slightly flattened (not mashed), cooked cloves to a homemade cheese and mushroom pizza (with or without carmelized onions) - really fantastic!!  Lynn Hoffer

Picture of Vickie Brown Vickie Brown said on...
10.02.05 at 06:00 PM |

Melissa, I love roasted garlic too.  Not only do I have to have the loaf of French bread, I have to some goat cheese and roasted red peppers to eat with it.  There is a restaurant here in town that has a platter with all those things.  I could just have that as a meal along with a nice crisp Chardonnay.  Great stuff!

Picture of Melissa Melissa said on...
10.03.05 at 08:51 AM |

Lynn! hmm…your homemade pizza with roasted garlic sounds terrific! Here is another idea: combine the roasted garlic with breadcrums (I prefer panko, the Japanese type), pecorino or romano cheese, salt pepper, some fresh herbs, make a paste and top a piece of salmon. Then drizzle olive oil on top and broil for about 15-20 minutes! It is delicious smile

Picture of Melissa Melissa said on...
10.03.05 at 08:55 AM |

Vickie! I agree with you. In my last trip to the Caribbean noticed in the menu of many beach resorts restaurants, a platter includding roasted garlic, tepenade, french bread—-roasted or marinated veggies——Hmmm, that is always a quick lunch solution for those hot days!

Picture of Maria Luisa Maria Luisa said on...
10.07.05 at 05:30 PM |

Si lo acompañas con un quesito cammembert queda delicioso. ¡Bonito blog amiga….!

Picture of Melissa Melissa said on...
10.07.05 at 05:43 PM |

Maria Luisa! bienvenida! me da mucho gusto que nos visites smile Tienes mucha razon, con cammembert queda fabuloso! Por cierto, tu blog esta SUPER! abrazos,

Picture of Vegan Momma Vegan Momma said on...
11.28.05 at 02:53 AM |

I love roasted garlic. I usually add it to soups and veggie dishes.
This post reminds me I am out and need to make more.

Picture of Maureen Maureen said on...
01.18.08 at 09:47 AM |

I love garlic so I can’t wait to try roasting it. Thanks for sharing this!

Picture of melissa melissa said on...
01.22.08 at 09:59 AM |

You are welcome Maureen! Happy new year from Panama!

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