11 Mouthwatering Ways to Cook With Roasted Garlic

It Upgrades Every Dish

Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Diana Rattray

Roasting whole garlic bulbs is a simple and delicious way to upgrade so many recipes. When slowly cooked in the oven, the caramelized cloves shed their usual bite, taking on a mellow, rich flavor that makes roasted garlic a fabulous addition to just about everything. Because garlic softens and becomes spreadable when baked, it is also popularly enjoyed with a sprinkle of salt on baguette slices. Whether added to dressings and sauces, used as a garnish, or enjoyed on its own, you'll like getting to know garlic's softer side with these recipes.

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    Whole Roasted Garlic

    Whole Roasted Garlic

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    Making whole roasted garlic for adding to recipes, spreading on baguette slices, or using as a garnish is so easy, you'll wonder why you never did it before. Garlic takes on a wonderful sweetness when roasted in the oven and all you need is some whole, unpeeled garlic bulbs, a little olive oil and salt, some tinfoil, and about an hour in the oven. When shopping for fresh garlic, look for heavy, firm, intact bulbs and avoid any with soft or damp spots. Choosing bulbs of similar sizes will give you the most consistent results when roasting them together.

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    Buffalo Wild Wings Garlic Parmesan Sauce

    Diana Rattray

    Recreate a popular sauce from Buffalo Wild Wings at home with this easy copycat recipe that features oven-roasted garlic, Parmesan cheese, seasoned mayonnaise, and plenty of fresh herbs. Make the sauce up to a day in advance, to allow the flavors time to meld and tweak to your preferred level of spice by adding extra red pepper flakes or minced chili pepper.

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    Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes

    Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes

    Diana Rattray

    Oven-roasted garlic adds bold flavor to creamy mashed potatoes, making this recipe a fabulous side dish for meaty mains such as roast lamb, pork, or beef. Choose Yukon gold potatoes for this recipe, which you can easily double if you 'e expecting a big crowd for a holiday dinner. For a richer mash, feel free to substitute half-and-half instead of milk or use part heavy cream.

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    Roasted Garlic Hummus

    Roasted Garlic Hummus

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    Hummus is a classic Mediterranean appetizer that makes a popular dip for crackers, pita, and raw vegetable sticks at any type of gathering. This delicious five-ingredient recipe upgrades the usual party dip by tweaking it with the rich, deep flavor of oven-roasted garlic. Make it ahead of time using your food processor, adding extra olive oil to thin the consistency if needed, and store in the fridge up to two days in an airtight container.

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    Roasted Garlic Pasta Salad

    Roasted Garlic Pasta Salad

    Leah Maroney

    Roasted garlic cloves are combined with mayonnaise, sour cream, Parmesan, olive oil, and black pepper to create the fantastic-tasting dressing for a summer pasta salad that's sure to be a winner at your next cookout. Fresh spinach leaves and tomatoes are tossed with cooked pasta in the dressing to create a salad you serve at room temperature or cold. Use a small pasta shape such as fusilli, orecchiette, or campanelle that the dressing can cling to well.

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    Deviled Eggs With Bacon, Roasted Garlic, Blue Cheese, and Asparagus

    Deviled Eggs With Bacon, Roasted Garlic, Blue Cheese, and Asparagus

    Milena Perrine

    Turn the classic deviled egg into a showstopping party appetizer with this tasty recipe that takes some time to assemble, but is sure to win you raves from guests. The creamy yolks are blended with roasted garlic, crumbled salty bacon, sour cream, mayonnaise, mustard, and olive oil. This mixture is used to fill the egg white halves, which are decorated for serving with blistered asparagus spear tips, shaved stalks, blue cheese crumbles, and more bacon bits.

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    Roasted Garlic Aioli

    Roasted Garlic Aioli

    Molly Watson

    Traditional aioli is a thick, garlicky olive oil dressing with a consistency similar to mayonnaise. This recipe uses roasted garlic instead of raw cloves for a gentler flavor. Also made with Dijon mustard, this spread makes a wonderful addition to roast chicken, grilled veggies, hard-boiled eggs, and sandwiches or an excellent dipping sauce for French fries and chicken wings.

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    Mushroom Pizza With Roasted Garlic and Mint

    Mushroom Pizza With Roasted Garlic and Mint

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    Roasted garlic adds its mild, sweet flavor to homemade pizza in this recipe. It's easy to make with store-bought dough and lets you skip delivery. Chopped or sliced fresh mushrooms are sauteed in a pan to release their juices before adding to the pizza so you can get all of their earthy flavor and avoid a soggy crust. Two cheeses and optional fresh mint go on top, along with the garlic. It's a vegetable pizza the entire family will love.

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    Vegan Roasted Garlic and Lemon Soup

    Vegan Roasted Garlic and Lemon Soup

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    This vegan roasted garlic soup is loaded with rich flavor and gets a lovely lift of brightness from fresh lemon juice. Soy milk is added to this vegetable stock-based soup that's pureed in the blender until creamy. Garnish with lemon zest and fresh parsley and sprinkle with regular or gluten-free croutons for serving. It's an elegant starter at dinner or a lovely light lunch or dinner with a green side salad.

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    Roasted Garlic Bread for the Bread Machine

    Roasted Garlic Bread for the Bread Machine

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    Use your bread machine to bake up this garlicky loaf. Oven-roasted garlic is combined with butter and added near the end of the last kneading cycle, producing tasty bread that you can serve alongside your favorite pasta dishes and other Italian entrees.

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    Creamed Yuca (Cassava) With Roasted Garlic

    Creamed Yuca (Cassava) With Roasted Garlic

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    Creamed yuca (also called cassava) is a popular Caribbean comfort food that makes a great alternative to mashed potatoes and the perfect side dish for serving alongside jerk chicken and other island-inspired meals. In this recipe, softened yuca is mashed with roasted garlic, half and half, butter, salt, pepper, and nutmeg.