Last year I was on a business trip with JP in San Francisco, CA when we ate at a restaurant named The Stinking Rose. It was garlic heaven! It was also the first and only time that I have had roasted garlic. Ever since then every time I cook with garlic I think back to that restaurant. Then a few months ago JP bought be terra cotta garlic roaster which I have never used. Actually until today it was still in the box. After doing some online research I knew that today was the day that I was going to break it in. Who knew it was so simple?
This is how you do it!
Soak the terra cotta dome in cold water for about 15 minutes.
Remove the loose outer skin from the garlic bulb but leave the bulb intact.
Next cut 1/2″ or more off the top of the garlic bulb, exposing the clove tops.
Place the bulb on the terra cotta base, and pour a little olive oil on top of the bulb.
Cover the dome and, starting in a cold oven, bake for 60 minutes at 350°. It should look like this when it is done.
Once it cools down a little put it on a serving dish. Then simply pull or squeeze the roasted garlic cloves out of their skins and spread it on some bread.