Roasted Garlic

Roasted Garlic: Your Must Have Thanksgiving Ingredient

With Thanksgiving right around the corner I have been recipe testing all week. So far the dinner menu consists of two different kinds of stuffing (one for my gluten free friends), truffle gravy, ham, cranberry sauce, and roasted garlic mashed potatoes. I’ve never been much of a turkey person but I do love playing around with fancy ingredients like truffles or roasted garlic that can add a depth in flavor.

Why Roasted Garlic?

Roasted garlic goes great in salad dressings, as a spread on toasted bread, as a pizza topping and in just about any other savory dish you would enjoy garlic with. It takes only 5 minutes of your time to prepare and roasts for less than an hour. The cleanup is just a cutting board and a knife. So, what are you waiting for? This ingredient is 100% worth your time and will not disappoint.

Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes

My favorite dish to make with this roasted garlic has to be mashed potatoes. Trust me when I say, these potatoes are addicting. I “recipe tested” them four times this week… without any changes to the recipe. I just wanted an excuse to eat them every day!

My not so traditional mashed potato recipe goes as follows: boil peeled and quartered potatoes until tender. Drain and return to your pot with 4-5 cloves roasted garlic. Add milk, butter, salt, pepper & mix until incorporated. It’s that easy!

If you have your own favorite recipe for mashed potatoes, just add the roasted garlic at the same time that you mash your potatoes so that the garlic flavor is evenly distributed. Roast the garlic days in advance and use as needed.


Roasted Garlic: Your New Must Have Ingredient

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Whether you celebrate the holiday or not, this roasted garlic will fill your home with the most delicious smell and add flavor to any savory dish.


Use as a spread for toasted bread, add to dips, in mashed potatoes or in salad dressings.


1 head of garlic

2 tsp salt

2 tsp pepper

3 tsp olive oil

aluminum foil


Preheat oven to 400 degrees fahrenheit or 200 degrees celsius. Chop off only the top of the head of garlic and remove excess peel. Set garlic open side up on a square of aluminum foil. Drizzle with olive oil, salt & pepper. Wrap aluminum foil around the garlic. Roast for 45 minutes or until tender.



Author: Salima's Kitchen

Salima Benkhalti is a personal chef in Portland, Oregon. Contact with inquiries about private events, meal plans or taking cooking classes at !

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