Tuesday, October 20, 2009

When all in the house is asleep...Mommy's up roasting garlic

No, I'm not just going to tell you how sick and tired I am of being... sick ...and tired. But if ever you feel like me- try roasting garlic. It's good for that yukky sick stuff going around this time of year.

I'm now thinking my "flu" turned into strep throat. What next. Being the 4th day on this roller coaster, I don't think I'm having fun anymore. I pray my kids don't get it! Or my husband! Speaking of them... since my nose cannot smell a whiff of anything- I wonder if they will wake up and smell the garlic roasting in the oven.... at 10:50pm! tee hee.

And speaking of roasted garlic, here's how I do it:

Roasted Garlic

You Will Need:

1 head/flower of garlic- YES! THE WHOLE THING!

1-2 Tablespoons Olive oil- or whatever you have in a hurry- I've used Canola Oil

a dash of salt

a sharp knife

a warm crusty slice of lightly buttered toast

a small pan or small stoneware works awesome

a small piece of foil

an oven...of course! Preheat to 400'.

Tear off some of the peel on the outer edges of the garlic head- but leave it whole. Carefully cut off 1/4 inch of the top ends of the garlic. (The hairy-root side will still be attatched.) Place in your pan. Drizzle olive oil all over the garlic and sprinkle with salt. Cover with piece of foil and bake in oven on 400' until it smells nutty- or about 40 minutes (for those of us who can't smell). Then take off the foil and bake for 5 more minutes. It will be sticky and carmel -looking. Don't let it fool you ~ it's not caramel~.

Pop each of the garlic cloves out and let them cool a few minutes while you make your toast. Be careful- the garlic is HOT! Spread the cloves all over the piece of bread. Enjoy with this drink: hot water with fresh pressed lemon and raw honey.

You might be surprised at how delicious this 'good-for-you-medicine' is!

PS. This can be done the microwave-supposedly- but I do NOT recommend it. I tried it because it's quicker- EW! It was so tough I could hardly cut it with a knife! If you only have a micro and want to try it- leave off the foil- *wink wink* and cook for about 2 minutes, turning it upside -down 3/4 of the way through.


Sarala said...

I roasted garlic for a yummy garlic gravy. I should dig out that recipe again. I think it was Rachel Ray. With roasted chicken and roasted brocolli. yum yum. :)

Kristin said...

Sounds good Sara! I'm making taco soup today! Good fall recipe and it contains none other than...garlic. :)