Tomatoes and oregano make it Italian; wine and tarragon make it French; Sour cream makes it Russian; lemon and cinnamon make it Greek; Soy sauce makes it Chinese, but garlic makes it good! I`m not going to lie here, I`m a huge garlic fan. You`ll find it in 95% of any savory dishes I make. No, make that 99%! So, this simple man`s plan to healthier eating today is 6 Minute Roasted Garlic. Something pretty magical happens when you roast (It`s actually steamed) garlic, whether it be in the oven for about 45 minutes, or in this case, done in the microwave in about 6 minutes. The bite of raw garlic transforms itself into soft, mellow, golden yumminess that borders on sweet. Perfectly spreadable on a baguette, a great addition to a pasta sauce or vinaigrette, or well, just about anything! As a side benefit your house will be filled with the most mouth watering, irresistible smells imaginable.
This recipe works equally well for both regular & elephant garlic. BTW, did you know elephant garlic is not really garlic at all. Here`s a short editorial.
Elephant garlic gets its name from the fact that it looks like a giant clove of ordinary garlic. Though its physical appearance would suggest Elephant garlic is garlic, it is only garlic in its given name. Elephant garlic is an allium of the genus Allium ampeloprasum, which botanically classifies it as a type of leek. Unlike true garlic varieties, which are harvested both young and mature and utilized for their scapes and flowers, Elephant garlic is only used for its mature bulbs. In its first year of cultivation, Elephant garlic will only produce one large clove, this is known as “Single Clove Elephant garlic”. Only in its second year of growth will Elephant garlic produce multiple cloves.
Probably just a little useless information but the food guy in me couldn`t help but pass it on.
Here`s all you need for your 6 Minute Roasted Garlic:
Garlic- 1-5 heads whole
Sea Salt (optional)
The stars of the show. This is so easy & so good. You`re going to want this as a staple in your fridge. Once roasted it `ll also keep in your freezer for up to 3 months.Start by cutting the bottoms off the whole cloves. About 1/2-3/4 of an inch from the point.Place cut side up into a microwave safe container with a lid. Drizzle some olive oil over the top of each clove letting it seep down inside. If desired top with a bit of sea salt. Cover & microwave for 2 minutes. Remove & give the container a shake. You don`t want this goodness to burn. Return for another 2 minutes. Same drill, give them another shake.Depending on the strength of your microwave you`ll want to start checking the cloves now. If the individual clove are soft & slide right out they`re done. If not, return & cook at 1 minute intervals until finished. It took me a total of 6 minutes cooking time. That`s it! Really pretty amazing to see the transformation & the end result!
Serve & enjoy your 6 Minute Roasted Garlic!