As many of you already know, garlic adds a very unique, pungent flavor to your recipes that can enhance it to the next level. However, did you know that roasting garlic significantly changes its flavor to be more creamy, nutty, and mild? My question now is, Does Roasted Garlic Have Health Benefits?
What are the health benefits?
- Strengthens joints and bones
- Lowers blood pressure
- Reduces heart disease risk
- Reduces cholesterol
- Improves your cells’ health
- Fights off the cold
The list could on!
Why should you roast garlic?
While roasting in the oven, the garlic cloves become caramelized with sweet, buttery, and nutty flavors compared to their original pungent taste. Often times, roasted garlic cloves become easier to digest for sensitive stomachs. Plus, it adds great complexity and sweetness to many dishes.
How do you cook with roasted garlic? What do you eat it with?
You can cook with roasted garlic just like you would with regular garlic! To really taste the creamier and more nutty tones, try out these simple ideas:
- Add to hummus
- Add to dips to pair with your cheese board
- Mash the roasted garlic to spread on a slice of toasted sourdough bread
- (My favorite) Add to mashed potatoes… sweet potatoes or Yukon gold potatoes are the most preferred.
- Add to whipped goat cheese or feta cheese
- Add to your soups and stews (minced or pressed is preferred)
How do you store roasted garlic?
There is a variety of ways to store your garlic.
- Submerge the roasted garlic cloves in olive oil in a sealed jar or container for up to 10 days
- Freeze the roasted garlic cloves in a freezer-safe bag (up to 4 weeks for maximum freshness)
- Store the whole garlic cloves in a air-tight container or ziplock bag in the fridge for up to 4 days
How to Roast Garlic
- Olive Oil
- Preheat oven to 450F.
- Cut 1/4 – 1/2" off the top of your garlic bunch so that each clove is open.
- Drizzle with a little bit of olive oil.
- Wrap tightly in aluminum foil.
- Roast for 30-40 minutes.
I truly hope you all enjoy this nutty, roasted garlic recipe. I find these food tips to be so helpful when cooking and the benefits so fascinating! ’till next time… xxL