roasted garlic with thyme

roasted garlic with thyme

roasted garlic with thyme

I had a few beautiful heads of garlic that were reaching their ‘sell by date’, so I needed to find a few ways to preserve them.

This is what I did:

1. I squashed a few cloves into butter and mixed this with chopped herbs. I wrapped small batches in paper and froze for future use.

2. I filled a small jar with peeled cloves, covered them with olive oil and stored in my fridge.

3. I roasted a few heads.

This is  fabulous and easy way to turn garlic into a gooey, sweet spread. Simply:

  • slice whole heads of garlic in half through the middle
  • place on a baking tray cut side facing up
  • drizzle generously with very good quality olive oil
  • scatter fresh thyme leave, sea salt flakes and freshly ground pepper over them
  • cover with tin foil
  • bake at 180 C for 30 minutes
  • remove the foil and continue baking for a further 10 odd minutes until the garlic starts to go golden brown

Squeeze a couple of cloves of roasted garlic onto slices of toast or bruschetta, spread them, season and eat. You could also use the garlic as a replacement for butter, and then top with other things such as roasted vegetables, slices of prosciutto or pan fried mushrooms.

If you don’t use it all in one go, make a paste with the roasted garlic, store in a small jar and cover with olive oil. Great for pasta sauces.

roasted garlic with thyme

roasted garlic with thyme

roasted garlic with thyme

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8 Responses to roasted garlic with thyme

  1. Suzanne Perazzini November 4, 2012 at 10:45 pm #

    What great ideas. It would make cooking easier if I didn’t have to peel and squeeze garlic every time I needed some and I do use it a lot.

  2. usha singh November 5, 2012 at 7:42 am #

    This is an amazing idea, as garlic is used in almost everything i cook, but i love the idea of using it on bread. Thanks Sam

  3. Sam November 5, 2012 at 12:13 pm #

    Thanks Usha and divine to add other things on top, like roasted vegetables (brinjal) – cheese and if you are a meat eater, cold sliced meats.

  4. Janet November 5, 2012 at 1:31 pm #

    What a fine idea! Definitely going to do this! We’re GREAT garlic lovers in our house, and I just know this is going to be a hit. I had heard about it before, but wasn’t sure what to do with it all! Mmmmm! Looking forward to this!

  5. Kiran @ November 9, 2012 at 12:18 am #

    LOVE slathering sweet roasted garlic on everything!! YUM 😀


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