Roasted Garlic Five Ways

Sweet, creamy roasted garlic is a favorite for slathering on bread or adding to soup, pasta, and mashed potatoes (and that's just the beginning). Popping a whole head of garlic in the oven may be the most common method, but there are lots of ways to get your roasted garlic fix, whether you use the oven, stovetop, microwave, or grill. • Oven (whole head) - This is the classic method for roasting one or more heads of garlic in the oven. Time: 50-60 minutes

Oven (peeled cloves) - Got pre-peeled garlic? Just wrap the cloves in foil. An easy way to use up extra garlic. Time: 45-60 minutes

Stovetop - Using a cast iron skillet, this energy-saving technique doesn't require you to heat up the oven. Time: 30-40 minutes

Grill - A great way to multitask, save money, and keep the heat down in warmer weather. Time: about 30 minutes

Microwave - Steamed rather than roasted, the garlic won't be quite as mellow, but this method is fast! Time: 6-8 minutes; if you have an extra 10-15 minutes, you can finish the softened garlic in a high-heat oven

Related: Quick Tip: Freeze Roasted Garlic

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