The next time you have the urge for a snack, try turning to an easy-to-prepare, health-boosting treat like roasted garlic. This bite-size dish helps regulate blood pressure, has anti-viral, anti-septic, anti-parasitic, anti-fungal and anti-cancer properties. It may even help regulate iron metabolism and fat production. For the well-being of your heart and total body, give garlic a chance.
Ingredients & Materials
One or more bulb(s) of garlic
Baking or muffin pan
Preheat oven to 400° F.
Peel away the outer layers of skin from the garlic bulb, leaving the individual cloves intact. Use a knife to cut 1/4 to 1/2 inch off the top of the garlic cloves, exposing the individual cloves.
Place the garlic heads in a baking pan (muffin pans work well for this purpose) and drizzle a teaspoon or two of olive oil over the bulbs, using your fingers to make sure the garlic head is well coated. Cover with aluminum foil. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until the cloves feel soft when pressed.
Allow the garlic to cool enough so you can touch it without burning yourself. Use a small knife to cut the skin slightly around each clove. Use a cocktail fork or your fingers to pull or squeeze the roasted garlic cloves out of their skins.
Makes a tasty spread or a topping on pizza or steamed-stir fried-roasted vegetables.