Instead of heating up the entire house to roast a few bulbs of garlic, I just pop them into the crock pot and get the same results. It’s super easy and my daughter even helps me wrap them in the aluminum foil.
Here is how I do it:
I cut each garlic bulb in half and drizzle olive oil on top of the cut side. I then wrap each cut bulb (both halves in the same piece, cut and oiled side up) in aluminum foil to form a packet. I lay the packets (stacking them if I need to) in the crock pot. I then cook on low for about 5 hours. It will depend exactly how long according to what size the crock pot is that you’re using (I’ve used all sizes from 1 1/2 quart to 6 quart). What you’re looking for is the cooked garlic cloves to squeeze out easily….. like toothpaste does from it’s container. If you’re using a smaller size crock pot, you may want to start checking for doneness around the 4 hour mark.
Once the bulbs are completely roasted you can use it to top bread and make garlic bread, to spread on toast or crackers, make roasted garlic mashed potatoes or just eat it as is (WHAT?! You’ve never done that? You don’t know what you’re missing.) No matter what you use it for, there is nothing like the sweet, earthy, nutty taste of roasted garlic and nothing easier than cooking it in the crock pot.