By Mackenzie Wright

Roasting garlic makes it soft, spreadable and makes it taste mild yet flavorful. It is a tasty additive to any meal, appetizer, or even just as a snack. It can be spread on bread or crackers, mixed into vegetables and sauces, spread over meats or eat with a fork straight from the clove. Garlic is very low-calorie and healthy. Don't let your garlic roaster collect dust in the back of a cupboard. Put it to good use and make some roasted garlic today.

Use a Garlic Roaster

Step 1

Slice off the pointy end of your bulb of garlic so that you've cut off just the tips of each clove, so the inside of each clove is exposed. Remove any loose, excess peel but keep the bulb intact.

Step 2

Place your garlic, cut side up, on your clay or enamel garlic roaster. Drizzle the bulb with approximately one tablespoon of olive oil. If you're worried about eating light or low-calorie, about a teaspoon of oil will do. Brush it on with a pastry or sauce brush to ensure even coverage. Some oil is necessary to promote browning, but if you are very conscious about using oil you can just give the top of the garlic a spray with an olive oil flavored non-stick cooking spray.

Step 3

Place the top on your garlic roaster and put it into the rack in the center of a cold oven. Don't place a cold clay roaster into a hot over, or you risk it cracking or shattering from the sudden temperature change. Allow the oven to heat up with the vessel inside of it.

Step 4

Set the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Leave the garlic in for about an hour.

Step 5

With an oven mitt, remove the cover and set it down on the rack. Test for doneness by scooping out one of the cloves with a fork. It should be brown, translucent, soft and spreadable when it is done. If it's not done, cover it and allow it to heat for 15 to 30 more minutes.

Step 6

Remove your garlic, replace the lid on the roaster, turn off your oven, and leave your garlic roaster to cool down with the oven. Do not place a clay garlic roaster or the cover on a cold counter or into a cold sink, or run it under cold water. Again, sudden temperature fluctuations will cause it to crack or shatter.