How to Roast Garlic Cloves, Freeze & Recipe Ideas

Want an easy way to add healthy flavor to your next recipe? Follow these tips on how to roast garlic cloves, freeze them and use them in your dinner tonight.

How to Roast Garlic Cloves


If ever there was a secret for easily enhancing the flavor of a recipe, without adding a lot of extra calories, this has got to be it. Once you know how to roast garlic cloves and have a few stashed in your freezer, you’ll never eat another boring dish again.

How to Roast Garlic Cloves Step-by-Step

Before we get to the commentary, here’s a pinnable summary. 🙂

How to Roast Garlic Cloves Collage

 

You’re going to want to do several heads of garlic at one time these are so good.

How to Roast Garlic Cloves

1. Cut about 1/2 inch off the top of a head of garlic so that the tips of the cloves are nipped off and exposed. The cloves that are a little lower on the side of the garlic head can be hard to get. I missed one in the picture below. Do you see it?

Roasted Garlic Cloves

2. Peel the loose papery skin off. (It doesn’t all need to come off though.)  Place the head of garlic on a piece of aluminum foil, drizzle 2 teaspoons of olive oil on top and sprinkle it with salt. The oil will permeate the head of garlic and run down the sides and that’s a good thing. You want the entire head to be coated.

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3. Fold the aluminum foil into a packet…or just pull up the sides and scrunch them closed at the top.

Roasted Head of Garlic

4. Bake the packet in a 400 degree oven for about 45 minutes. The cloves will be fork tender when they are done. Allow the head of garlic to cool about 10 minutes before working with it.

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5. Grab the head of garlic by the closed bottom and squeeze out the cloves. Use a fork to tease out any that don’t fall out easily.

Roasted Garlic on Bread

6. Enjoy it!  Roasted garlic has a sweetish, mellow flavor and a buttery feel to it. Spread it on bread or a cracker, eat it all by itself or try one of these ideas:

  • Stir cloves into mashed potatoes.
  • Spread mashed cloves on corn on the cob, cauliflower and other vegetables.
  • Mix with softened butter (and herbs, if desired.) This mixture can be used to liven up vegetables, pan fry chicken or fish and in shrimp scampi.
  • Add whole cloves as a pizza topping or spread mashed garlic on the base and crust.
  • Add whole or mashed cloves to spaghetti.
  • Add whole or mashed cloves to soup.
  • Throw a few whole cloves into a salad.
  • Rub garlic like a paste on meat before roasting.
  • Use in hummus, guacamole or other dips that call for garlic.

Freeze Roasted Garlic Cloves

Freeze whole roasted garlic cloves or mash and freeze them. Spread whole cloves in a single layer on a baking sheet and allow to freeze before transferring to an airtight bag or container. For mashed garlic cloves, freeze in small portions, such as 1 teaspoon, in an ice cube tray.

How to Roast Garlic Cloves and Freeze Them
 
Roasted garlic has a sweet, mellow flavor that will liven up any dish. Prepare several heads of garlic and freeze the extra cloves. It’s an easy way to add healthy flavor to a recipe.
Ingredients
  • 1 Garlic Head
  • 2 teaspoon olive oil
  • Salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Cut about ½ inch off the top of a head of garlic so that the tips of the cloves are nipped off and exposed.
  3. Peel off any loose papery skin.
  4. Place the head of garlic on a piece of aluminum foil and drizzle 2 teaspoons of olive oil on top and sprinkle with salt.
  5. Fold up the sides of the aluminum foil into a packet.
  6. Bake for about 45 minutes or until the cloves are fork tender.
  7. Allow the head of garlic to cool about 10 minutes before working with it.
  8. Grab the head of garlic by the closed bottom and squeeze out the cloves. Use a fork to tease out any that don’t fall out easily.
  9. Enjoy the cloves whole or mash with a fork.
  10. To freeze, spread whole cloves on a baking sheet in the freezer until the cloves are firm and then transfer to an air tight container. Or, mash garlic and freeze small portions in an ice cube tray.
Notes
Prepare and cook several heads of garlic at one time. Spread on bread, add to pizza or pasta or check out the other ideas in the post.

Enjoy!

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Comments

  1. I can almost smell your roasted garlic through my computer screen. YUM! I adore roasting garlic but have never frozen it before. I need to try this so I’ll always have it on hand. There is nothing better! Great post, Marjory. Thanks for the tip!

  2. Thank you for sharing this recipe. I can’t wait to purchase the garlic. Double excited about trying to freeze it. This will really come in handy for me.