Tim and I are the kind of people who sit down to eat our dinner, take a few bites, and then start running through ideas of what we would want to do differently next time. I noticed it last night as we were devouring fish tacos with cilantro lime slaw and our favorite mango salsa. Lately our nights of actually spending time cooking delicious dinners have been few and far between, so this was a treat!
I started laughing at ourselves as we began imagining Tim’s mango salsa recipe made with peaches or grilled pineapple instead, wishing we’d added more heat to the slaw, and wondering if we could learn how to beer-batter our own fish rather than buying the kind out of the frozen food aisle.
This sort of criticism for us isn’t done in a negative way to pick apart our meal (and we would never dream of doing it at a friend’s house – please keep inviting us over, friends! We only critique our own cooking!) Instead, for us, this is a part of the creative process. We know what all went into our dinner, we’re genuinely enjoying what we’ve made, and we’re just dreaming of how we could re-create it, and maybe make it better in the future!
There are definitely times when critique is merited, however. When I’ve added too much thyme to the soup (it’s always too much thyme!) Or put entirely too much salt into a salsa. Or the days when I make a recipe that’s a complete flop – and we muscle our way through it, only to HAVE to throw the leftovers away when they’re still in the fridge weeks later. Or, heaven forbid, the times I burn the garlic bread – I’m notorious for burning the garlic bread!
We had a few of my college roommates over one weekend and I pointed to my friend while placing the garlic bread under the broiler, “When that timer goes off in one minute, make sure I take the bread out.” She looked at me incredulously, “Are you serious?” “Um. Completely.” I wasn’t sure how to tell her that I’m immune to the cry of the kitchen timer any time it involves garlic bread in the oven. Really and truly. Little burnt garlic breads haunt me in my nightmares.
Well, I’m here to tell you that I think I’ve discovered the secret to amazing garlic bread. Psssst – you should roast your garlic! It’s sweet heavenly deliciousness. Mash up a several cloves of this garlic with a pinch or two of kosher salt to create a paste, slather some butter and your garlic paste onto the bread, sprinkle on a little cheese, place it under the broiler for a minute or so – and voila! I will not promise I’ve discovered the secret to not burning your garlic bread, but if you can manage that one yourself, you’re on your way to a delicious dinner!
You’ll find more ideas for using your newly-found-garlic-roasting-talents below the recipe!
- 3-4 heads of garlic (or more)
- 3-4 tsp olive oil (about 1 tsp oil per head of garlic)
- Heat your oven to 375 degrees F
- Carefully cut the top off each head of garlic. You want to expose most of the cloves of garlic. Peel away a bit of the papery outside and place the heads of garlic in a small baking dish. Drizzle each head of garlic with a tsp or so of olive oil. Cover with aluminum foil, bake for around 45 minutes, or until golden and delicious looking!
- Remove from the oven, carefully remove the aluminum foil, and let rest till they're cool enough to handle. You can squeeze the cloves of garlic from the bottom up to remove them. Use in a recipe, spread on buttered toast, or store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a few days.
Now that you’ve learned how to roast garlic, it’s time to put that knowledge to good use! Here are a few recipes to try!