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Your microwave can be used for so much more than just popcorn and leftovers! Oven-roasting garlic is easy enough, but it can take nearly an hour and heat up the whole house, so this summer, why not save some time with Chef Fabio's easy microwave method? This softened, mellowed version of garlic is perfect for any recipe calling for roasted cloves.
-Microwave ovens vary in power; be sure to stay close by when making this recipe for the first time in order to avoid burning your garlic.
-Don't peel the cloves: simply remove the papery skin that comes off with ease.
Make roasted garlic in minutes!
Recipe by Fabio Viviani
Yield: 1 head of roasted garlic
1 head garlic, peeled of excess outer-layer skin
3-4 tbsp. warm water
1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
kosher salt & freshly ground black pepper
Place the head of garlic, root-side up, in a very small microwave-safe bowl. We recommend Pyrex.
Top with enough water to cover about 2/3 of the head, then drizzle with olive oil.
Season the mixture with a pinch of salt and a pinch of black pepper.
Cover with plastic wrap and cook on high for 2 ½ minutes. Pay attention to avoid burning!
Carefully remove from the microwave, and remove the plastic wrap. CAUTION: Both the bowl and its contents will be very hot.
Flip the bulb over, cover again with plastic wrap, and cook on high for another 2 to 2 ½ minutes. Carefully remove from microwave and set aside to cool.
Slice the head of garlic in half, exposing the softened cloves, and use as desired.
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