When Sophia, the founder of Dress It Up Dressing, shared her tip for super quick roasted garlic I was intrigued. Want meltingly tender garlic that doesn’t require turning on the oven, or waiting an hour? Upcycle your Dress It Up Dressing jars to “roast” it in the microwave (really!). I know it, sounds crazy, but trust me it works brilliantly.
Sophia uses this method to quick-roast already peeled cloves. I opted for using a whole, unpeeled head of garlic, and both ways work. I took mine one step further, and gussied it up with some fresh thyme because my garden is exploding, and I seize any chance to use some while cooking. Swap in whatever herbs you like, or leave them out all together.
Since I rarely go through a whole head in one cooking session, I pop the leftover roasted garlic back in my empty salad dress jar, screw on the lid, and store it in the fridge.
Here’s how to make your own 90 Second Roasted Garlic.
Head of garlic
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Fresh thyme (leaves only), or other herbs as desired
Empty & Cleaned Dress It Up Dressing jar
Trim the top off the head of garlic. Place the head in the jar, then drizzle a little olive oil & sprinkle some salt. Top with the piece you trimmed off (there’s still garlic in there, so waste not, want not). Cook on high for 90 seconds to 2 minutes, it all depends on power of your microwave. It’ll pop and sizzle as it cooks—don’t worry, that’s normal. The cloves will be meltingly tender, and slide right out of the skins.
Use the garlic to spread on bread, toss with cooked pasta, serve with grilled meats…and we might even confess to eating it all by itself (vampires beware).