Celebrate Thanksgiving with Baked Garlic

Baked garlic is one of my favorite appetizers and this recipe keeps hungry Thanksgiving guests satisfied until dinner is on the table.

If you planted garlic in your garden, you can use several heads of home-grown garlic.

If you don’t have any home-grown garlic handy, buy several large bulbs that are heavy for their size and that have no blemishes or soft spots.

Try baking garlic slowly in the oven to create an irresistible fragrance in the kitchen.

But, if you’re pressed for time, garlic can be cooked in just minutes in a microwave oven.

Baked Garlic Recipe

Ingredients

One or two whole garlic bulbs
Extra virgin olive oil
Dried herbs such as oregano or leaf thyme
Assorted crackers or fresh crusty bread

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Peel the loose, papery skins off the outside of the bulbs.
  3. Slice about 1/4-inch off the top of each clove.
  4. Lightly drizzle each clove with olive oil.
  5. Sprinkle with the herb(s) of your choice.
  6. Place the bulbs in a garlic baker or wrap in foil and place in a baking dish. (Do not wrap in foil if cooking in the microwave.)
  7. Cover the garlic baker or close the top of the foil bundle.
  8. Bake for about 45 minutes.
  9. Remove garlic baker lid or carefully open foil.
  10. Return to the oven for an additional 10-15 minutes until the garlic is lightly browned.
  11. Cool slightly before serving.

To serve, squeeze garlic from their skins and spread on bread or crackers.

Celebrate with Baked Garlic

Baked garlic is one of my favorite appetizers and this recipe is a perfect way to celebrate National Garlic Day on April 19. If you don’t have any home-grown garlic available, buy several large bulbs that are heavy for their size and that have no blemishes or soft spots.

Baking garlic slowly in the oven creates an irresistible fragrance in the kitchen, but if you’re pressed for time, garlic can be cooked in just minutes in a microwave oven.

Serve as an appetizer with crackers or fresh crusty bread.

Baked Garlic Recipe

Ingredients

One or two whole garlic bulbs

Extra virgin olive oil

Dried herbs such as oregano or leaf thyme

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Peel the loose, papery skins off the outside of the bulbs.

Slice about 1/4-inch off the top of each clove.

Lightly drizzle each clove with olive oil.

Sprinkle with the herb(s) of your choice.

Place the bulbs in a garlic baker or wrap in foil and place in a baking dish. (Do not wrap in foil if cooking in the microwave.)

Cover the garlic baker or close the top of the foil bundle.

Bake for about 45 minutes.

Remove garlic baker lid or carefully open foil.

Return to the oven for an additional 10-15 minutes until the garlic is lightly browned.

Cool slightly before serving.

Cloves can be squeezed from their skins and spread on bread or crackers.


 

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