Do any of you remember Bistro 110 right off Michigan Ave. in Chicago? Well, it was one of my family’s favorite restaurants when we would go down for the day to shop, be tourists, or see a show. It was all kinds of French fancy, but the best part was the roasted garlic and fresh bread that came to the table.
Oh man, my mouth is watering just thinking about it. First, you’d smear fresh butter onto pillow-y soft bread and then top it with a perfectly roasted garlic clove or two. If you were feeling extra fancy (which as a 12-year-old on an adventure in Chicago I always was, but still never enough for this because … 12), you’d give it a grind of fresh pepper or a sprinkling of sea salt and… Perfection. I don’t think I ever ate my actual meal at that place. It was always 10 pieces of bread and a glass of lemonade.
Anyway, you can easily recreate this at home. It takes a decent amount of time in the oven, but minimal actual work, making it a perfect Sunday project. If you don’t have kids (or a significant other that wants meat), I think a loaf of bread and a roasted garlic is a great meal. Maybe add a rich red wine and/or some crisp salad to round it out.
Alternatively, use this recipe to dress up mashed potatoes, soup, or dip. Really anything that calls for garlic will be doubly enhanced with this add on.
- 1 head garlic, minced
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp honey
- salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Peel off any extra layers of skin off the garlic. Using a sharp paring knife, cut off the top 1/4 to 1/3 of the garlic. You want to see the tops of the cloves without losing too much of them.
- Place the prepared garlic in the center of a small piece of aluminum foil. Drizzle on olive oil and honey. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Wrap up the foil so garlic is totally enclosed.
- Bake for 40-50 minutes or until your kitchen smells amazing. Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly. Open package and using a knife or fork, make sure the cloves are soft.
- Spread on fresh bread with good butter as a great appetizer.
- Mix into mashed potatoes.
- Use to dress up a tomato sauce.
- Put the roasted garlic into a dip for a healthy snack.