DIPLO TUMMY: Roasted Garlic Spread

I got requests for this recipe when I posted a photo on my Instagram so here I am posting it! This is a great healthy spread option. You can use it instead of butter for bread. I first discovered this at Chelsea Restaurant in Serendra Highstreet and TD really enjoys it when I make it. The best thing about it is how simple and healthy it is!

INGREDIENTS

  • A head of Garlic (or as many as you need if you are hosting a dinner)
  • Sea salt – I like to use big chunks of sea salt like this Italian brand so it doesn’t disappear
  • Balsamic Vinegar
  • Olive Oil

Baked Garlic Spread

DIRECTIONS

  1. Peel the outer layers to expose the cloves
  2. Chope of the tops of the cloves to expose the garlic inside
  3. Place inside a foil
  4. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar and oil
  5. Generously sprinkle with salt (don’t use the mill or grinder, just place as is)
  6. Wrap up with foil
  7. Place inside a toaster oven, making sure that none of the foil touches the top and bottom heating elements (this is for safety reasons)
  8. Remove after about 30 minutes or when the garlic is soft when pressed with a spoon
  9. Unwrap carefully once the foil cools down and place in small bowls for easy handling. The garlic should be easy to remove with a knife.
  10. Spread on warm toasted bread. You can drizzle some extra virgin olive oil on top, before having a bite!

WHEN MAKING SEVERAL PIECES

Another option, if you are making several pieces (which I read here) is after steps # 1 & 2 is to place the garlic heads inside muffin/cupcake tins. Then do steps # 4 & 5 and cover the tops with foils, and place inside an oven that was preheated at 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

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This is the perfect thing to serve with bread, if you are sick of the boring old EVOO & Balsamic Vinegar dip. You can also drizzle more EVOO & balsamic on top – makes for a fabulous (but easy) appetizer with dinner guests.
Baked Garlic Spread.59This is heaven for garlic-addicts like me and TD. I hope you enjoy this recipe too!

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Lovely comments

  1. says

    A!

    Incidentally, I was craving for roasted garlic spread last Saturday, which I had at Mad About Garlic and the bilateral Ambassador’s residence in JKT eons ago. Immediately after our help baked the garlic, we had an emergency last Saturday– an actual fire in the kitchen because of a faulty gas regulator! You can just imagine the horror we went through! I really thought the unit and everything in it would turn to ashes. It was a miracle the gas tank didn’t explode and the fire was put out. I’m switching to electric/conduction stove and oven. Haay! My craving for roasted garlic almost ended into a disaster. Thank God it didn’t.

    Learned from TD you toured Poland last holiday.

    Miss you both! Warmest regards, V and J

    • says

      OMG V! I was just about to message you to ask how you are? B just told me that J messaged her on FB. She got burned daw? I hope it wasn’t too bad!? That is such a scary experience and a nightmare for anyone at home. I am so glad that the tank didn’t burst and it didn’t burn down your place!! Nakakatakot talaga!

      We are using electric here and in the Philippines as well. It does feel much safer. Bahala na the electric bill diba?? I really enjoy our ceramic top stove right now, even if there is a tendency to get scratched. It doesn’t really feel hot and you don’t worry so much about getting burned and heating up cookware handles etc. I highly recommend it.

      Next time, just use a toaster oven nalang! Just make sure the foil doesn’t touch the heating element! I hope you still get to enjoy the roasted garlic! We miss you and J too!

      • says

        Thanks A, it was indeed a traumatic experience for me. I had to bring her (Jo) to the hospital that same night although thankfully she just got some bruises because of the extreme heat in the kitchen.

        Warm regards.

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