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roasted garlic with focaccia
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Oven Roasted Garlic Appetizer

Here a recipe for an oven roasted garlic appetizer featuring soft, spreadable, mellow, golden garlic cloves on warm Focaccia bread. Simple and popular. 
Prep Time3 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time48 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Servings (change as needed): 6
Author: Cheryl


  • 12 garlic cloves, peeled Note 1
  • olive oil
  • pinch salt and sugar (optional)
  • 1/2 Focaccia bread or baguette
  • 2 tablespoon finely chopped parsley (optional Garnish)


  • Heat oven to 375F.
  • PREPARE GARLIC FOR ROASTING: Place peeled garlic cloves on a double layer of tin foil. Drizzle oil over cloves to coat - about 2 tablespoons. Add pinch of salt and sugar if desired (I do),  Lift edges of tin foil upward to enclose garlic. Scrunch top if tin foil together to seal garlic pouch. Lay it on a pan in case of leaking.
  • ROAST GARLIC: Place pouch on pan in oven. Roast for 40-55 minutes, depending on size of garlic cloves. Garlic is ready when it's soft, golden and slightly caramelized. 
  • MAKE APPETIZER AND SERVE: Heat Focaccia (or other bread) in 350F pre-heated oven for 5-6 minutes or until warmed through and slightly crisped up. Transfer to cutting board and cut into bite size pieces (2-3 inches). Drizzle with garlic cloves along with the garlic-infused oil. Top with chopped parsley if desired. Serve with a butter knife if guests want to spread garlic on bread. 


How to peel garlic:
Option 1: Smash whole head of garlic with palm of hand to separate cloves. Place flat of chef's knife over each clove and press down firmly. Remove skin. You may have to cut up hard tips on ends of garlic before skins will fall off. Video by Jamie Oliver. 
Option 2 - faster: Smash whole head of garlic with palm of hand to separate cloves. Place cloves in a large container or jar. Close container and shake vigorously for 15-20 seconds. Peels will fall off cloves.  Video by Saveur
To Make Ahead: Store garlic covered in olive oil in a sealed contained in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. 
Nutrition values are estimates and include the focaccia bread.
Calories: 95kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 179mg | Potassium: 24mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 1mg