Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Rustic Garlic Spread

What I love about this appetizer is its pure, rustic simplicity and its insane garlicy flavor. 
Baking the garlic results in a milder, slightly sweeter taste and a creamy, spreadable texture that is amazing on crusty bread. Tonight, I decided to slice a small baguette into rounds and toast them up to make little crostinis.

“There are many miracles in the world to be celebrated and, for me, garlic is the most deserving.”
- Leo Buscaglia

To serve, you can either squeeze all the soft garlic out into a small bowl, or you can let everyone pick the garlic cloves off and squeeze the garlic out by hand. (Just be sure to have napkins around!) I personally love the beauty of the whole head of garlic on the plate. 

Enjoy!  (then have a tic-tac)  :)

2 large heads of garlic
2 Tbs. butter, or a vegan butter substitute (You can also use a drizzle of olive oil and a little salt, if you'd prefer)

1. Preheat the oven at 350 F.  Cut two squares of aluminium foil large enough to wrap around each head of garlic.
2. Remove the outer husk of the garlic so that the cloves are revealed, but still attached. 
3. Place each head of garlic on a foil square and top with butter (1 Tbs each) or drizzle with oil and salt. Wrap the foil around the garlic and secure with a twist or a fold at the top.
4. Place the wrapped garlic on a cookie sheet and bake for 30 min.
5. Serve with crusty bread and enjoy!

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