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Roasted Garlic Spread

When people talk about the decadence of eating something off a spoon, I doubt they had this spread in mind. But they should.

Yes, it’s just garlic (with a little olive oil and a touch of sea salt), but it’s so not just garlic.

It’s sweet, nutty, and mellow, and spreadably creamy with the consistency of room temperature butter. Slathered on fresh bread, it definitely gives butter a run for its money. (I know, that’s a bold claim…try it and see though!)

Roasted Garlic Salad Dressing with Cobb Salad

The Roasted Garlic Salad Dressing recipe is here!

It’s also amazing tossed with hot pasta, fresh spinach, shaved Parmesan cheese, and a drizzle of olive oil; spread on a turkey sandwich or wrap in place of mayo or mustard; used as a condiment for burgers, grilled steak, or pan-seared chicken; or made into salad dressing that will make you want to eat salad for every meal of every day for the rest of your life.

Or, you know, it’s also pretty perfect eaten off a spoon. :)

Roasted Garlic Spread 2

Roasted Garlic Spread
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Yield: About ¾ cup of whole garlic cloves, or about ½ cup of garlic spread
  • 4 whole garlic bulbs (about 6-8 oz/170-225 g total), unpeeled
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  1. Preheat oven to 375F.
  2. Slice the top ¼-inch off of each head of garlic, leaving the bulbs intact.
  3. Place the garlic bulbs cut-side-up on a large piece of foil; drizzle the oil on each bulb, and sprinkle with sea salt.
  4. Tightly wrap the bulbs in the foil, and bake until the garlic is completely soft and light caramel in color, about 45 minutes.
  5. Cool to room temperature, and then remove the garlic from the peel. You can either peel away the garlic paper to keep the cloves whole, or you can push the cloves out like toothpaste by squeezing up from the bottom.
  6. To make the roasted garlic into spread, just mash the cloves together with a fork.
  7. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 week.
Faith, author of An Edible Mosaic.
About Faith

I’m the writer, recipe developer, photographer, and food stylist behind this blog. I love finding the human connection through something we all do every day: eat! Food is a common ground that we can all relate to, and our tables tell a story. It’s my goal to inspire you to get in the kitchen, try something new, and find a favorite you didn’t know you had.

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  1. I would love more recipes for dieabetes cause im just learning how to eat right.

  2. Can this be frozen?

  3. Dianne Reece says:

    Please how to make Garlic Spread into salad dressing ? Thanks.

  4. Lorna webster says:


    I’m a little confused about the meaning of tightly wrapping the bulbs in foil? Like take all of them and wrap them up in a big foil ball. I feel dense, but I know I’m missing something pivotal, thanks!

    1. Lorna, Yes, basically tightly wrap the garlic in a piece of foil so it looks like a foil ball. If it’s not tightly wrapped, place it on a baking sheet so you don’t have oil dripping into the oven. This is delicious, hope you enjoy the recipe!

      1. Lorna webster says:

        Thank you so much, we were able to make it!

  5. I’m interested in knowing how to make this spread into a salad dressing…could you post a recipe for that?

  6. Wanda White says:

    My 91 year old father grows my garlic and it is the best. I roast it and make garlic butter by using a cookie scoop after I mix the roasted garlic and butter, freezing it on glad wrap and then bag it up in the freezer. I pop it out when I want it. I also peel it and just roast the pieces freezing them also. It is nice to have it on hand instead of having to roast it when I need it!
    I never thought of using it as a fresh spread on sandwiches. Thank you!

  7. Roasted garlic is the greatest. It hasn’t occurred to me to eat it straight up with a spoon, but I just might have to try that!

  8. the Burtons says:

    LOL . . . the simplicity of this roasted garlic spread is awesome!! We’ve made roasted garlic for many dishes . . . some how I’ve never thought to do a whole jar of it!!! My son has eaten cloves of fresh & spoons full of jarred garlic since he was a wee li’l one . . . I will have to make him bowls of this for dinner now. . . great he may never marry now!!!! Or he’ll have to find another garlicphile!!!! BRILLANT!! thanks so much for this!!!

  9. Can you please make a post about your favorite places to eat at in Kuwait?

    I stumbled upon your banana coffee loaf cake (which is currently baking) and have been reading your posts all day, only to discover that we live in the same country, haha!

    1. Mariam, How funny…it’s such a small world, isn’t it?! Growing up in NY, I never would have thought that at some point I’d end up living in Kuwait. :) Yes, I have actually been working on putting together a list of my favorite places to eat here and I’m hoping to have it up within the next two months. :)

  10. I could see myself just standing in front of the fridge door, having “just one more spoonful” of this! Definitely not JUST garlic spread.

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