Three garlics, a photo by kightp on Flickr.
The Gilroy Garlic Festival
The Gilroy Garlic Festival is everything Garlic. Garlic ice cream to garlic everything else. It is the place to be if you are a lover of the garlic. Chefs come from all over the United States with their latest garlic creations and just hope that they will be that talk of the garlic capitol of the world that is Gilroy Ca for this one usually very hot dry weekend in July. So bring your water and bring your appetite and bring your imagination for whatever can be imagined that can be made to taste better with garlic. What is it going to be. I mean who would have thought seriously ice cream? But, it's a perpetual best seller, every year.
Some people won't be able to make it to the festival and for those, try this roasted garlic recipe. I'm not going to lie to you it's not like being there. But it's still really good on a nice french bread or with crackers.
Roasted Garlic Recipe
1 whole head of garlic with most of the white papery material removed be careful not to tear apart the cloves, leave the head intact.
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees
Cut off the top of the garlic head about halfway down so that all the cloves are cut.
Coat your baking pan with olive oil
Use one tablespoon of olive oil over the head of garlic where you cut it and then sprinkle salt over the same area.
Place the head in the baking pan and cover it with aluminum foil and bake for 30-40 minutes or until the garlic cloves are soft.
After you take it out of the over let it cool so it's easier to handle then you can easily open the cloves with a knife and spread the garlic on bread or mix it with butter or use any way you would normally use garlic. However it has a much different flavor.