Whole Roasted Garlic

Whole Roasted GarlicApparently 19th April is National Garlic Day, so let’s celebrate by roasting a whole garlic.

Allium sativum, commonly known as garlic, is a species in the onion genus, Allium. It’s native to central Asia and has been used for both culinary and medicinal purposes for over 7000 years.

These are just a few of the claims made about the supposed health benefits of consuming garlic:
 

  • Garlic supplements are said to lessen the duration of a common cold
  • Active compounds in garlic can lower blood pressure
  • Garlic improves cholesterol levels
  • Antioxidants in garlic protect against cell damage and ageing
  • Garlic may reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia

 

I don’t know if any of these claims are true but I’d like to think so as I love eating garlic.

Ingredients

Whole garlic bulbs
Olive oil

Method

Heat the oven to 400°F. Peel off most of the papery outer layer of the garlic bulb but leave the head itself intact with all the cloves connected.

Trim about 1/4 inch off the top of the head of garlic to expose the tops of the garlic cloves. Drizzle one to two teaspoons of olive oil over the exposed surface of the garlic, letting the oil sink down into the cloves.

Wrap the garlic in foil and roast in the middle of the oven on a rack for about 40 minutes. After 40 minutes check the garlic is done by piercing a clove with a knife to check it’s soft. You can continue roasting if you want a more caramelised flavour. The exact roasting time will depend on the size, age and variety of your garlic.

Press the bottom of a clove to squeeze the roasted garlic out of its skin. Roasted garlic is highly versatile and can be spread over warm bread, mixed with sour cream for a topping, or added to parmesan and pasta.

It’s also easy to store and can be refrigerated for up to two weeks or frozen for up to three months.

The garlic celebrations continue on 20th to 21st August 2016 at the Isle of Wight Garlic Festival, where true garlic lovers can indulge in delicacies such as garlic fudge and ice cream or swig garlic beer.