Roasted Garlic

from Joy the Baker

  • 1 head of garlic
  • about 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • about 1/2 teaspoon coarse sea salt
  • about 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

Place a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 400 degrees F.  Place a baking sheet in the oven as the oven preheats.

If your garlic head is covered in several layers of white skin, peal off a few layers.  Keep several layers around to hold the head together.  With a sharp knife, cut the top off the head of garlic exposing a bit of each each clove of garlic.

Place garlic head in a piece of foil or parchment paper.  Drizzle olive oil on top.  Top with a generous sprinkling of salt and pepper.  Seal the foil around the garlic or parchment paper.  If using parchment paper, use a kitchen string to seal the little package.

Place on the pan in the oven and roast for 30 to 40 minutes, or until completely tender when poked with a fork or knife.

Allow to cool slightly before spreading on toast or adding to pasta.

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