Aside from adding amazing flavor to almost any dish and making your home smell delicious when cooking with it, garlic boasts many other benefits, including boosting health.
The health benefits of garlic: Garlic contains a sulfur compound called allicin, which is responsible for giving garlic many of its healthy properties, and also its pungent odor. These health benefits include heart protective characteristics like helping to lower cholesterol and protecting your blood vessels from damage that can lead to high blood pressure. Garlic is also rich in the antioxidant nutrient selenium, which helps keep all cells, especially skin cells, healthy. Garlic has also been researched for its potential in preventing certain types of cancers and is a good source of manganese and vitamin B6. This is all pretty impressive. And when you factor in that garlic contains few calories and loads of flavor, it’s pretty clear that garlic is a winner all around.
And with that, we wanted to share one of our favorite ways to cook and eat garlic. The method includes roasting a whole head of garlic in the oven, transforming each individual clove into a soft sweet spread that you can eat as-is, spread onto bread, or toss in pasta or whole grain pilafs.
Recipe: Roasted Whole Garlic
1 large head of garlic
1 tbsp olive oil
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Remove any loose outer layers of skin from the garlic bulb. Chop about 1/4 to 1/3 off of the pointed end of the bulb, leaving the ends of each clove exposed (garlic bulb should still be together as one.) Carefully cut the tops off of unexposed cloves if there are any that were too low to be sliced in the initial cut. Place the garlic head in an oven proof dish or muffin tin, cut side up. Drizzle olive oil over the top of the garlic head. Wrap the entire head in aluminum foil and place back in the dish. Roast for 30 minutes, unwrap from foil, then cook for another 40 minutes, until garlic is golden brown and soft. Remove each clove using a cocktail fork or by squeezing each one out by pushing from the base through to the opening.
Nutrition information (per 1 garlic clove):
Calories: 19 g
Protein: 0 g
Fat 1.7 g (0 g saturated)
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Carbohydrate: 1 g
Fiber: 0 g
Sodium: 0 mg