How to “roast” garlic in the microwave … kitchen helper
Roasted garlic is a fabulous ingredient with a sweeter and mellower flavour than raw garlic. It’s a fantastic addition to casseroles, pasta, soups and stews but it does take time to cook in the oven. If you’re in a hurry you can use your microwave to “roast” garlic, giving you that delightful flavour in a fraction of the time.
To “roast” garlic in the microwave you’ll need raw garlic ( as many heads as you would like to cook), olive oil, salt and pepper, water, a microwave safe dish (glass is best), a cover or lid for the dish (you can use clingfilm if you don’t have a microwave-safe lid). Cut the top off each head of garlic to expose the cloves. Place the garlic heads in the dish, drizzle with a little olive oil and lightly season with salt and pepper. Add 1 ½ tablespoons of water for each head of garlic, cover with a lid and microwave on 50% power for 3 minutes. Check the garlic by inserting a fork or skewer and testing for tenderness. Continue microwaving for a further 3 minutes if needed. After this test again and if further cooking is needed cook in 1 minute increments until the garlic is very soft. Squeeze garlic out of cloves to use in your recipe.