Roasted Garlic

I can’t imagine anyone not liking garlic.  I use it in most of my dishes.  Raw garlic can be pungent but roasted it develops this mellower and almost sweet flavor. I cannot talk about garlic without mentioning The Stinking Rose in San Francisco.  I was in San Francisco and fell in love with this restaurant back in the late 90’s.  It is considered the garlic restaurant.  Now I can’t vouch for it today considering it has been over 15 years, but I see on their website they have another location too and merchandise so I am assuming it is still going strong.  Needless to say it is worth a try if you are in the San Fran area.


The Stinking Rose is where I was first introduced to roasted garlic.  Probably one of their signatures items is the roasted garlic served in a cast iron skillet with olive oil to spread on the bread…or to add even more garlicky goodness to the already garlic laden entrees. I was addicted!! They have the recipe on their website and apparently they add butter and anchovies.  All I can say is you have to get it.  The cloves just melt on your bread and have such a wonderful caramelized, buttery, sweet flavor.


To end your meal they have a variety of desserts, but if you are going to The Garlic Restaurant I think you need to do it all the way and try the garlic ice cream.  Yes!  You heard me correct……garlic ice cream.  I had my doubts too, but it is so subtle and hey you can tell everyone you had garlic ice cream and they will think you’re crazy too.

Now I must warn you.

You will be keeping the vampires away the rest of the day/ night and probably the next day too.

I must have brushed my teeth and gargled a million times.

Garlic was coming out of my pores the next day.

But it was worth it and I would do it again!

Easy, Roasted Garlic at Home

  1. Peel off most of the outer layers of the garlic (the “paper”)
  2. Cut the top to see the cloves (about 1/4 inch)
  3. Place in foil
  4. Drizzle with olive oil so it gets down into all the cloves…salt and pepper optional
  5. Fold up foil so garlic in all covered
  6. Roast in 400 degree oven about 30 min or until soft and fragrant.  Depending on size it can be anyway from 20-40 minutes.  If it doesn’t seem done then put it back in.
  7. The cloves should easily come out when done.

Alternatively, you can separate the cloves before roasting.

You can serve simply with bread or along side a main entrée.