Roasted Garlic:

For each bulb of roasted garlic you wish to make use,
1 head of garlic
1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil

Preheat the oven to 425F.

Remove the outer papery covering of the garlic. Cut 1/4 inch off the top of the bulb of garlic to expose the cloves beneath, but do not peel the garlic, you want to roast it in the skin.
Place on a square of aluminum foil. Drizzle the oil over the cloves. Fold the foil over the head to completely enclose it.
Roast for about 45 minutes to an hour, until the garlic is soft and lightly browned.
To remove the cloves, open the foil and squeeze the lower part of the head of garlic. In a small bowl, mash the cloves to form a paste. If you have leftovers, squeeze out the pulp into a small dish, cover with olive oil, and store, tightly covered, in the refrigerator for up to one month.

Garlic bread:

Prepare 3 bulbs roasted garlic
1 (1 pound) loaf Italian bread
1/2 cup butter
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

Squeeze the cloves of garlic from their skins into a medium bowl. Stir in the butter, parsley, and Parmesan cheese until well blended. Spread onto the cut sides of the bread.
For crusty garlic bread, set the oven to broil. Slice the loaf of bread in half horizontally, and place cut side up on a baking sheet. Broil for about 5 minutes, until toasted, keeping a close eye on it so it doesn't burn.
For softer garlic bread, slice loaf into individual slices, wrap in tin foil and bake at 425 degrees for about 7 to 12 mins.

Easy Garlic Mashed Potatoes:

Serves: 4

You will need:

1 lb potatoes, cleaned, scrubbed and cut into quarters, peeled or unpeeled according to your preference
1 bulb roasted garlic skin removed
1/4 cup half and half
2 tablespoons butter
salt and pepper to taste

In large pot of water, boil the potatoes until a fork can be inserted and removed easily from the potatoes. About 10 minutes. Strain.
Return the potatoes to the pot add roasted garlic, half and half, butter and salt and pepper. Mash until potatoes are your desired consistency.


Additional Ideas and Uses For Roasted Garlic:

Soups: The cloves are so soft that they melt into pureed soups with only a little bit of stirring.

Sauces: In a small bowl, blend one tablespoon of roasted garlic with one tablespoon of butter and mix into the pan juice of any roast.

Mayonnaise: Mix a few roasted garlic cloves into plain mayonnaise.

Butter: Mash a few roasted garlic gloves into soften butter.
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