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Easy Roasted Garlic

The easiest way to roast garlic for a mellow, toasty addition to any recipe
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Total Time55 mins
Author: Matt Clifton


  • Large garlic heads as many as you want to roast
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • A few sprigs of fresh thyme optional
  • Coarse kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper


  • Preheat oven to 400F.
  • Remove most of the papery wrappers around the cloves, but not too many so that the cloves separate.
  • Slice the bulb horizontally about 1/4 of the way down from the top to reveal the tops of the cloves
  • Place the bulbs on foil and drizzle generously with olive oil.Add a few sprigs of thyme (if using) and sprinkle with salt and pepper, to taste. Squeeze the foil shut and cook for 40-50 minutes. Cloves should be soft and golden.
  • Allow to cool slightly, then squeeze cloves from remaining wrapper and eat on a cracker or use in your preferred recipe.
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