Heavenly Roasted Garlic

by jerseygirl on May 6, 2008 · 6 comments

I just realized it’s Tuesday and I haven’t posted in a few days. It’s just been busy, busy, busy. But I was able to beat the deadline and get in an entry for the Gilroy Garlic Festival Cook Off. This is a great festival which is held in Gilroy, California every year in late July. There are hundreds of thousands of people that attend and all the money raised goes to charity. There are so many great food offerings. You can even try garlic ice cream.

I was lucky enough to be chosen as a finalist in 2006 and I am hoping that my one lonely entry will be my ticket to going back. If you live in California, you probably have heard of this festival and to get there, all you have to do is follow your nose. It was funny to smell garlic while driving on the highway which approaches the town of Gilroy. If you go, make sure to bring breath mints.

This past Sunday was roasting garlic day at our house. Since I needed some for my contest recipe, I decided to roast a bunch of bulbs and keep them for later use. My house smelled heavenly however my husband reminded me that my breath didn’t. Today I made a pasta salad for a teacher’s luncheon and used the garlic in the dressing. Roasted garlic is so easy to make and has so many good uses. So happy garlic roasting!
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Roasted Garlic

4 bulbs garlic
2 TBS good quality olive oil

Peel the outer skins off the bulbs and cut the tops off the heads while keeping cloves intact. Drizzle with olive oil and wrap individually in aluminum foil. Bake in a 350 degree preheated oven for 45 to 50 minutes or until garlic is soft and golden. Enjoy!

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Clumbsy Cookie May 7, 2008 at 4:05 pm

Wanna make a deal? I’ll bake some bread, you’ll bring those garlics to rub it with! Deal?

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RecipeGirl May 7, 2008 at 6:37 pm

I absolutely love roasted garlic. I’ve heard of this festival but have never been. Good luck w/ your entry!

Funny… I make stuff for our teacher’s luncheons too 🙂

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Prudy May 7, 2008 at 9:09 pm

Yum! I always roast garlic when I bake potatoes; the oven’s going to be on for an hour anyway. Lucky, lucky teachers! Erin

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Jenny May 7, 2008 at 9:59 pm

Good luck with Gilroy Lisa,
I’m kicking myself for letting this one slip by me. It has always sounded like such a fun cook-off. Isn’t roasted garlic the best?!!

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Ann May 9, 2008 at 10:19 am

Roasted garlic is such a great companion to pretty much EVERYthing!

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Lisa May 9, 2008 at 12:10 pm

Clumsy Cookie,
How about you bring cookies? 🙂

Recipe Girl and Jenny,
Thanks for the good luck!

Prudy,
Good idea! I should do that next time I make potatoes.

Ann,
Yes as long as it is not dessert 🙂

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