By Mia Young
When I was a little girl my mother would harvest bulbs of garlic from our backyard and use them to prepare this very recipe! While it was my mothers favorite, my father despised the taste, as well as the smell it left in the house. He died in the winter of ‘78, which meant my mother could now freely make as much roasted garlic as she wanted! This is all we ate for five years.
1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. If your oven is anything like mine, this might take a while. Years ago we had a rat climb into it. You can assume how that went! I remember how happy my father was when we couldn’t make this recipe anymore. But my mother persevered! This recipe can also be made by microwave.
2. Peel the garlic. Take your bulbs of garlic and peel away the thin outer layer, perhaps take a bite out of it if you really can’t wait! I remember in times of desperation (just as my mother became very ill) she would ask me to bring her a raw bulb of garlic against the nurses wishes. Sometimes I think that’s what kept her going for so long.
3. Roast the garlic. Line your bulbs on a non-stick baking sheet and wrap it with foil. Bake them for around 40 minutes. During this time I like to reminisce about the great memories I carry with this recipe. As a child during camping trips my mother would secretly bring bulbs of garlic, and we’d roast them over the fire after my father fell asleep. Another memory that comes to mind is that when I was a teenager (very reckless, as you can imagine!) I came home late at night smelling like garlic. I was severely beaten and grounded for weeks. Little did he know I had a stash under my bed! Oh, to be young again.
Recipe Note: If you would like to hear more stories involving this recipe (such as the time I brought garlic into the bedroom) follow my blog at https://www.mia-loves-garlic15.com.