Some love the smell of fresh baked cookies perfuming through the kitchen and into the rest of your home (or in my case, a tiny apartment). But that’s not for me. I’d much prefer the aroma of roasted garlic!
But roasting garlic for each dish on any given night can take some time and patience; that’s what Sunday was made for. Because this may be the easiest thing in the world to do, and the payoff is huge. In a cast iron pan, simply add a whole head of peeled garlic gloves, about a ½ cup of extra virgin olive oil, and a few pinches of crushed red pepper. Over the lowest heat possible, let the garlic cook gently and let your nose be the timer!
It’s good to keep an eye on this as the cast iron holds even the low heat pretty darn well. But as soon as the garlic begins to brown and can be easily crushed with a fork, you know you are getting close.
This garlic and the oil it was cooked in will be an unbelievable add in to your week’s long worth of cooking. And if all else fails…buy a baguette on your way home from work and go to town!