Roasted Garlic: the best butter alternative

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I could honestly wax poetic about roasted garlic: that’s how amazing it is. Hands down, roasted garlic is not only the easiest thing to make, but it will elevate every meal you eat. Roasted garlic becomes smooth like butter and thus can easily be used to replace butter when spreading it on bread or adding it to a savoury recipe, such as mashed potatoes. Great for vegans and those who are lactose intolerant. As well as a butter alternative, it’s just great to eat as a spread and it can be added to other spreads too. Below you’ll find a guide on how to make roasted garlic, as well as some recipes of dishes I like to add it to.

How to make roasted garlic:

Step 1: Preheat oven to 200C.

Step 2: Peel off excessive skin from garlic bulb, leaving one coating of skin. Make sure to leave the garlic in the bulb.

Step 3: Take a knife and cut off about ¼ to ⅓ of the entire top of the garlic bulb.

Step 4: Put garlic bulb on a sheet of aluminium foil and pour olive oil and salt on the bulb.

Step 5: Wrap up the garlic bulb and place it in the oven for an hour.

Step 6: Unwrap the garlic and squeeze the roasted garlic out of the shells.

Rosemary and roasted garlic mashed cauliflower:

In fairness, this can also be made using any sort of mashable veggie.

1 head of cauliflower

3 fresh rosemary sprigs, de-sprigged

salt 

Pepper

2 roasted garlic bulbs

Greek yoghurt (optional)

  1. Cut cauliflower into small pieces and boil until tender. Drain.
  2. Put in food processor with the rest of the ingredients.

Vegan garlic bread

1 baguette, sliced

2 roasted garlic bulbs

Fresh chopped parsley

Olive oil

Pepper

Parmesan cheese (optional)

After garlic is roasted, mix it with chopped parsley and a little bit of olive oil and pepper.  Then spread this mixture on the bread. Put in the oven and bake until edges are golden brown.  Sprinkle with parmesan cheese, if desired.

Roasted garlic hummus: see this article

Image Credit: Joey Huang via Unsplash

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