Roasted garlic is a staple item in my home. At a minimum I roast three bulbs at a time, usually during a time when I am roasting other dishes. Roasting garlic creates a buttery, rich garlic taste without being overpowering as raw garlic can be.
1 bulb of garlic (or more!)
Pinch of salt & pepper
Pinch of crushed red pepper (optional)
Pinch of dried Italian herbs
Extra virgin olive oil
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Cut the top off of the garlic bulb exposing all the cloves. Lightly drizzle on the olive oil and sprinkle on the salt, pepper, crushed red pepper and dried herbs. Individally you can wrap the bulb in foil and place on oven rack or if preparing several, place bulbs in a oven safe dish tightly covered with foil. Bake for approximately 35-45 minutes until bulbs are soft and lightlybrowned.
I love being in the kitchen. Early mornings, soft music, a hot espresso. Easing into the preparation of delicious meals. Glancing through cookbooks, gathering inspiration and planning my day. I look forward to the cycles of the seasons, the pleasures of tasting and savoring and sharing this with those dear to me. Weekends are special to me as my week days are often rushed, but still I create the ambiance, light the candles, set the table and uncork the wine.