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27 Best Things to Do with Roasted Garlic

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This unique ingredient is excellent in pasta, sauces, dips, and more.

Homemade Garlic Chicken with Roasted Garlic Dressing
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Roasting garlic is as easy as chopping the top off a head, drizzling it with oil, and popping it in the oven.

When it’s done, it’s creamy, buttery, and wonderfully mellow.

You can spread the cloves like butter over crunchy, toasted bread. Or, better yet, make one of these stunning roasted garlic recipes.

Whatever you do, it’ll be delish. 

So bookmark this post for the next time you need some easy things to do with roasted garlic.

25+ Easy Roasted Garlic Recipes and Menu Ideas

1. Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Roasted garlic takes your average mashed potatoes to a whole new level of yum. 

They’re fluffy, creamy, and possibly the best mashed potatoes you’ve ever had. And though they don’t use any sort of milk or cream, the texture is incredible. 

2. Roasted Garlic, Chicken and Spinach White Pizza

Everything about this pizza is delicious. From the tasty crust to the scrumptious toppings, this bad boy is top-notch. 

Tender chicken, wilted spinach, and gooey cheese are an excellent combination.

But when you add roasted garlic and a creamy white sauce? You’ll want to ditch the take-out for good. 

3. Restaurant-Style Salsa

Believe it or not, homemade salsa is really simple to make. 

You’ll start by roasting the ingredients. This spin in the oven brings out the natural flavors, making your salsa a notch above the rest.

The tomatoes are more intense, and the onions and garlic become slightly sweet. 

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Then, just let them cool a little before pulsing them in a food processor. I like it chunky, so I only hit the button a couple of times – but that’s up to you. 

4. Roasted Garlic Spread with Herbs

Roasted garlic spread is dangerous. Seriously, it’s impossible to resist!

I like it on toast or as a garlic bread topper. But you can use it on chicken, veggies, pasta, or rice.

I suggest making a big batch because you’ll want it on everything!

5. Roasted Garlic Soup

We’ve all had the dreaded garlic breath, right? But that’s usually due to raw or undercooked garlic.

So while you might think this garlic soup would be a vampire’s worst nightmare, it’s surprisingly mellow.

That said, it calls for over 40 cloves. So it’s probably not a first date recipe.

But since you’ll use roasted garlic, the flavors aren’t spicy or pungent. Instead, they’re more earthy with a bit of sweetness. 

6. Roasted Garlic Mac and Cheese

I’m gonna say something controversial: mac and cheese can sometimes be a bit boring.

I know, don’t hate me!

But come on, it’s usually pretty one-note if you don’t add extras like jalapeńos, bacon, or chicken.

Luckily, this roasted garlic mac and cheese is something special.

That hit of creamy garlic elevates the whole dish, making each bite better than the last. It’s comfort food at its best.

(Though I still prefer it with something on the side! Mac and cheese with fried chicken, anyone?)

7. Roasted Garlic and Olive Oil Spaghetti

Roasted garlic really shines in this simple pasta dish

Perfectly cooked spaghetti with a healthy coating of savory olive oil and fragrant roasted garlic is just as yummy as it sounds.

And all you need to do is make a paste of the warm, roasted cloves.

This is wonderful on its own but extra special with steak or salmon.

8. Homemade Creamy Roasted Garlic Dressing 

Store-bought dressings are easy and convenient.

But if you want your next dinner party salad to pop, you need to make this creamy roasted garlic dressing. 

It only requires a few ingredients, but it’ll be the talk of the table.

Better still, it’s good with salad, pasta, fries, or even as a marinade.

9. Roasted Garlic Bagels

Homemade bagels are a must when they’re this easy!

Between the roasted garlic and hint of peppery fennel, these are way better than any from the local bakery.

And so long as you follow the easy step, you’ll be fine. I swear, it’s easier than you think!

Slather on some more garlic, or use a plain cream cheese. Either way, they’re to die for.

10. Roasted Garlic Labneh

Labneh is a very thick and creamy strained yogurt that’s most often used in Mediterranean dishes. 

And believe it or not, all you need to recreate it is plain, unsweetened yogurt and salt.

Of course, you want it flavorful too, which is where the roasted garlic comes in.

It’s great in sandwiches or on those bagels you made!

11. Quick & Easy Roasted Garlic Aioli Sauce

Roasted garlic aioli is a versatile sauce that’s super easy to make. 

Just mix mayonnaise with lemon juice and salt & pepper. Then add roasted garlic to taste.

I love this stuff on burgers and fried chicken sandwiches!

12. Roasted Garlic Olive Oil Bread Dip

I know it looks a little odd, but this olive oil dip is super dreamy

You’ll love the medley of complex flavors and the chunks of roasted garlic that melt in your mouth.

It’s a terrific sharing dish, so serve it with crusty bread next to a charcuterie board.

13. Roasted Garlic and Herb Compound Butter

Compound butters are one of the best ways to add flavor to everything from steak and potatoes to muffins and pancakes.

The idea is to blend sweet and savory ingredients with butter so you can use it as a flavor enhancer.

And this one is loaded with roasted garlic and herbs.

Use it on steak, eggs, bread, baked potatoes, and more.

14. Roasted Garlic Guacamole

If you’re not already using garlic in your guacamole, now’s the time to start. 

Garlic adds the most delicious flavor to avocados, and when it’s roasted, it’s even more creamy and delicious.

This recipe completely replaces the onions, leaving you with something intensely flavorful that won’t leave a lingering taste in your mouth.

Add it to burgers, chicken salad, tacos, nachos, and more!

15. Rosemary Potatoes with Roasted Heads of Garlic

If you’re roasting garlic in the oven, why not throw some rosemary and potatoes in there too?

Letting these ingredient roast together means the flavors can marry as they cook. So you get some of the best potatoes ever!

Serve these with your next roast chicken dinner, and they’ll be gone in the blink of an eye.

16. Roasted Garlic Pesto

Roasted garlic pesto is an upgrade on the classic recipe.

This flavorful green sauce usually contains crushed garlic, which is tasty but quite overpowering in some cases.

But the roasted stuff? That’s pure, garlicky bliss.

Smother your next pasta dish in this stuff, and you’ll never make marinara again.

17. Roasted Garlic Hummus

Here’s another recipe that typically calls for crushed garlic.

And while the hummus itself is creamy and mellowing, the raw garlic can be a bit biting.

The solution? A blend of roasted garlic, tahini, olive oil, and lemon juice.

Add this to a veggie platter or charcuterie board, and everyone will love it. Your guests might not even believe it’s homemade!

18. Avocado Toast with Roasted Garlic

Millennial or not, you know you love it. But what could possibly make your favorite avocado toast better?

Yep, it’s roasted garlic!

Spread a couple of freshly roasted cloves on the toast, and then add the avo on top.

You won’t believe the difference it makes!

19. Baked Brie and Roasted Garlic

Baked brie and roasted garlic make an excellent appetizer. In fact, you should start with double because this one will be gone before you know it!

Spread roasted garlic on toasted baguettes (just like you would with butter). Then top it with creamy, gooey brie cheese. 

Or, put everything out and let your friends make their own. Baked brie is best as a dip, after all!

20. Roasted Garlic Grilled Cheese

I love finding new grilled cheese recipes. And let’s be honest, we all saw this one coming.

Roasted garlic, toasty bread, and ooey-gooey cheese? Talk about a no-brainer!

This will become your favorite comfort meal. So find a cheese you like (my go-to is Gruyère) and make enough, so you don’t have to share.

21. Crusty Bread with Roasted Garlic and Rosemary

Homemade bread is always so much better than store-bought. So if you’ve wanted to try your hand at it, this is your sign. 

This bread is filled with herbaceous rosemary and soft roasted garlic. And don’t worry, it’s straightforward to make.

The only thing to remember is that it’s best served cold. That’s because it’ll turn soggy if you cut into it while it’s hot.

Unless you plan to eat the whole loaf at once, that is. In that case, enjoy it warm right out of the oven.

22. Garlic Confit and Garlic Oil 

Garlic confit takes a little while to make, but it’ll store really well and can be used for a wide variety of recipes. 

You’ll slow roast olive oil, rosemary, and whole garlic cloves until it’s lightly browned and soft.

Unlike regular roasted garlic, this olive oil roasted garlic practically melts on your tongue.

23. Roasted Garlic Purée

Try this roasted garlic puree if you need a quick and easy way to add garlic to any dish. 

Made with just four ingredients, it’ll be your new kitchen secret. Add it to sauces, breads, pasta, and more. 

24. Roasted Garlic Rosemary Chicken Wings

Roasted garlic and rosemary chicken wings? I’ll take a dozen!

They’re crispy, juicy, and overflowing with incredible flavors. And they’re extra crispy if you make them in the Air Fryer!

25. Italian Panini Grill Sandwich

This Italian panini sandwich is filled to the brim with flavorful artichoke hearts, roasted bell peppers, and of course, roasted garlic. 

The crispy bread is a terrific contrast to the melty cheese and soft veggies. If you love grilled cheese, you have to try this panini. 

Lunchtime will never be the same again. 

26. Roasted Garlic and White Bean Dip

Roasted garlic and white bean dip is easy to make and tastes wonderful with many of your favorite things. 

A quick blend of roasted garlic, white beans, lemon juice, and salt, it’s thick, creamy, and perfect for holiday parties.

Add a little paprika to the top and serve it with crackers and chips. Yum!

27. Roasted Garlic Alfredo Sauce 

Alfredo sauce is beloved and delicious. And this roasted garlic Alfredo sauce is the best of the bunch.

I have to warn you: it’s pretty addictive. But it’s also very rich, so a little goes a long way.

Say goodbye to bland pasta and hello to creamy, flavor-packed, garlicky Alfredo sauce. Delish!

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