If you have never roasted garlic you are truly missing out!  The process of roasting gives garlic a rich flavor with out the harshness that raw garlic can sometimes add to a dish.  It becomes a creamy spreadable paste with an almost nutty flavor.  It is great on pretty much anything savory.  Use it as a pizza topping or even as a yummy appetizer to spread on crackers with your favorite cheese.  My favorite way to use it is in mashed potatoes, but it is good with anything you would put garlic in.  Give it a try, it takes only a few minutes of prep, and an hour of unattended cooking time and your reward is a tasty enhancement that you can store and use for so many different recipes.  You will be addicted, I promise!

Roasted Garlic Cloves
  1. 4- 8 Heads of Garlic
  2. Extra virgin olive oil, about one teaspoon per head of garlic.
  3. Kosher salt
  4. Fresh ground pepper
  5. Thyme ( a pinch per head of garlic)
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  1. Preheat oven to 400.
  2. Slice the tops of the garlic heads off, place on a sheet of aluminum foil. Drizzle each head with about a teaspoon of olive oil. Season with salt and pepper and a pinch of thyme or your favorite herb. Fold the foil around the heads creating a sealed pocket and roast untouched for an hour. Check garlic by squeezing a head from the bottom to see if garlic cloves easily slide out of their papery shell. If they are not yet soft, reseal foil and roast for an additional 20 minutes. Let them cool enough to handle and simply squeeze each head to remove garlic cloves. Use the amount you need and store the remainder in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week or put in a freezer safe bag and store in the freezer.
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 Now that you know how to roast garlic, here is a delicious vegetable side dishes my whole family enjoys. One day I was making Roasted Garlic Smashed
Potatoes and used the extra roasted garlic while sauteing some fresh
green beans and magic happened.  The green beans where slathered in
buttery heaven and the roasted garlic gave them the perfect amount of
flavor.  The best part is this recipes takes only 10 minutes to make if
you have some roasted garlic stored in your refrigerator or freezer.
 Its a great dish to serve to last minute guests or when the oven is
busy making other delicious food and you need a quick side dish.

Fresh Green Beans with Roasted Garlic
  1. 1 pound french green beans (also called hericot verts)
  2. 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil (coconut oil is an awesome substitute and adds even more flavor)
  3. 1 tbsp butter
  4. 6 -8 cloves Roasted Garlic
  5. kosher salt
  6. fresh ground pepper
  7. 2 tbsp almond slices (optional)
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  1. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil, add green beans and boil until they
  2. turn bright green (usually around three minutes). Drain beans and run
  3. cold water over to stop the cooking process. Set aside for a moment and
  4. heat butter and oil over medium high heat in the pot you just used
  5. until the butter is melted and starts to foam a bit. Add the green
  6. beans and roasted garlic and saute for 3-5 minutes or until green beans
  7. are heated through and they are crisp tender. Season with salt and
  8. pepper and use sliced almonds as a garnish.
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