I'm lucky enough to live close to some amazing stores though - one of my favourite is a little turkish shop. I went out to buy some garlic a couple of days ago - but all they had was massive bags bags - each containing about a dozen large heads of garlic! Considering it was the same price as the supermarket would charge for one head, I bought it anyway - decided I'd work out what to do with the rest when I got home!
About the same time I had an urge to make some homemade pasta - and came up with a way to combine the two - roast garlic pasta... yum!
I cut the top 1/4 off the top of each head - and placed each onto a square of foil. I drizzled over some olive oil, a pinch of salt and some white pepper... My eyes were starting to water from the fumes... and the cats kept looking at me expectantly. Any idea why my cats seem to be obsessed with garlic?? The only other food stuff that gets that reaction is bacon!
I folded the foil up to make little roasting packets and put them it into the oven (preheated to 200c (425f)).
About 50 minutes later I brought them out the oven and left to cool in their packets for a bit. When I opened them up they look like this!
And smelt absolutely fab!
I used a fork and the point of a knife to remove the oozy, sweet garlicky lushness from their paper cases - you can eat it as is, spread it on bread, or use it in your recipes. It'll keep for a couple of weeks in the fridge in an airtight container. Make sure it is airtight though or your fridge will stink!