roasted garlic spread

June 14th, 2019

When I first started this blog back in 2007, this was one of the first recipes I put up.  (My food photography skills had a long way to go, as you can see here… yikes!)

Funny story: for a while I was on this kick where I’d eat three garlic cloves per day, sauteed in various dishes or just like this.  I love, love, love garlic, and I can eat a ton of it before I get even remotely sated.  It’s incredibly good for you, I thought, so why not?

I’ll tell you why not.  I was sitting in a car with my parents at one point, talking about all these dishes I’d been cooking up.  And my dad goes, “something in this car smells very strongly of garlic.”

And I had to be like, “Um, dad?  That’s probably ME.”

So, after that, I cut back a little bit on the garlic.  If you eat this every day, I can attest to the fact that garlic will start coming out of your pores. 

But every once in a while?  Then it’s just delicious.

Roasted Garlic Spread


1 head of garlic
3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
Fleur de sel
Freshly cracked black pepper
6-7 baguette slices


Preheat oven to 450 degrees. 

Slice off the top of the garlic head, leaving each clove slightly exposed.  Drizzle garlic with 1 tbsp olive oil, and sprinkle with salt. 

Wrap garlic in tin foil, and roast for 30 minutes.  Remove garlic from oven, pick cloves out of their shells, and place them in a small bowl.  Add 2 tsbp olive oil and mash cloves with a fork, and then spread on baguette slices.  Sprinkle with additional salt and freshly cracked pepper.  Serve.

Serves 1-2.

Tags: appetizers · food

13 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Pili // Jul 22, 2011 at 9:12 am

    I’ll really have to make this for the bf, he loves garlic bread!

  • 2 Katherine // Jul 22, 2011 at 10:11 am


    haha your old photo looks like one they might have on a menu in a crappy diner. I’m assuming it also must have to do with the camera, right?

  • 3 Katy // Jul 22, 2011 at 10:13 am

    Camera, setting, lighting, angles — so many things have improved!  I could actually take decent photos with a point-and-shoot after a little practice, so long as I had natural light and a good angle.  But obviously the SLR is so much better!

  • 4 Judy // Jul 22, 2011 at 10:49 am

    I’ve made something similar to this a number of times.  It is truly delicious!

  • 5 Marissa // Jul 22, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    I am overly obsessed with garlic too.. to the point that I’ve left the house and wonder why a trail follows me. ha!


  • 6 Rachel from Love a la Mode // Jul 22, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    Mmmm looks so good, I love garlic!

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  • 7 Irene // Jul 22, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    Thanks for posting. Very simple, yummy looking appetizers.
    By the way, to handle Garlic breath (or neutralize the smell of it) eat fresh parsley. It’s amazing. It will prevent the garlic smell from oozing out your pores. Plus it’s really healthy for you too.

  • 8 Shasie // Jul 22, 2011 at 4:42 pm

    I love garlic too! This looks so DARN good! I need to make this asap

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  • 9 elle marie // Jul 22, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    Food photography is such another realm, I was into fashion photography, but I had to learn a whole new set of rules… the sounds sounds super delish! Katy!

  • 10 Joanne // Jul 22, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    Having garlic coming out of my pores is a small price to pay for a tub of this heaven.

  • 11 Natalie // Jul 24, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    Because I just started my blog, I know my food photography has a LONG way to go.  When I looked at your original pictures of this recipe, I laughed because they look like pictures I take of food.  I know they aren’t good enough, but hopefully I can eventually take pictures as beautiful as yours!  This looks delicious – I love roasted garlic!

  • 12 Rachel // Jul 29, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    Katy — I’m totally making this this weekend, it looks absolutely addictive. Hope you’re well xox

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