Roasted Garlic Spread

Roasted Garlic SpreadRemember when I made pesto with my girlfriends?  Well, we had a bunch of peeled garlic leftover.  The garlic was really from the last time (a year ago) that we made pesto and had been in the freezer an entire year.

We all agreed it shouldn’t be re-frozen.  I volunteered to take it home with me and make it into something.

So I roasted all of it and then froze it to use later.

How to Roast Garlic
Recipe Type: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Author: Sara Tetreault
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Serves: 30
Peeled garlic purchased in a large container can be roasted and frozen. Use it in the same recipes for a milder, different flavor.
  • Peeled garlic
  • Olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt and pepper
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 275
  2. In a jelly roll pan, place peeled garlic
  3. Drizzle with olive oil but don’t drown the garlic
  4. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes
  5. Place garlic with oil and spices in heated oven for 20-30 minutes. Test if done by inserting a fork. If it goes in smoothly, it’s done.
These are so handy to have on hand. Freeze them and store for up to 6-months. Don’t let them burn when roasting. Burned roasted garlic is not good.

Then, I used the roasted garlic to make a dip. Or a spread. You can do either with it.

Roasted Garlic Spread
Recipe Type: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Author: Sara Tetreault
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 10-12
Once you have roasted garlic on hand, this dip comes together in no time! It’s tasty, too.
  • 1 cup roasted garlic
  • 1 cup cottage cheese
  • 1 cup mayonnaise (I use low-fat)
  1. Roast garlic (see above)
  2. Place roasted garlic in food processor.
  3. Add cottage cheese and mayonnaise.
  4. Pulse until smooth, several minutes.
  5. Store in refrigerator in an air-tight container.
To make this spicier, try adding red pepper flakes or Tabasco. The rich, creamy texture is good on crackers, bread or vegetables. Enjoy!

If you don’t like mayonnaise, you can substitute low-fat sour cream in this recipe.

Roasted Garlic Spread

The spread is excellent on bagels, English muffins, as a dip with vegetables, and with potato chips.  I served it on toast with tomato slices for lunch one day.

Roasted Garlic Spread

It was a hit. I made this at my home with friends from the Fusion NW TV Show.

Lots of roasted garlic on hand is a really good problem. Try roasting some today. Enjoy!

What’s your favorite way to enjoy roasted garlic?

Go Gingham related links:

Sour cream chipotle sauce that is an excellent dip
Grilled vegetables – on the grill – great for summer
The tangiest, yummiest BBQ sauce ever!

4 thoughts on “Roasted Garlic Spread

    1. Hi Kristen,
      I love cooking up all the garlic at the same time and having it on hand for adding to recipes. I would not want to peel all of that garlic. Next year I need to plant some garlic! Thanks for leaving a comment.


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