Since returning from London, I’ve been plodding away on a post about a trip-inspired recipe I’ve tested and re-tested, and well, I don’t mean to be a tease, but let’s just say I’ve got the darn thing exactly where I want it and I think it will knock your socks off. In the meantime, I want to pass along one of my staples, a recipe for roasted garlic butter, and share a little secret:
I keep a bowl of roasted garlic butter in my fridge and use it on everything.
Ok, not on everything, but smeared on thick slices of crusty bread? Yes. Slipped under the skin of roasted chicken? Of course. Brushed on skewers of grilled shrimp? Obviously.
My son, who is the pickiest of eaters, requests it on toast but would eat it by the spoonful if I let him. Butter alone is near perfection, but combined with caramelized, melt-in-your-mouth garlic, it can transform an ordinary dish into something more complex and exciting. For example, a few tablespoons of garlic butter stirred into freshly-cooked pasta will take it from uninspired weeknight fare to a plate of food you’d swear came out of the kitchen of your favorite Italian restaurant.
And it couldn’t be easier to make. Whole heads of garlic are trimmed of their tops — beheaded, if you will — and roasted under a pat of butter in a tight-lidded dish or enclosure of aluminum foil. The butter melts and seeps down into the cloves, encouraging them to evenly roast and brown.
At this point I should warn you: The scent of roasted garlic drifting out of your oven may make you weak in the knees, or at the very least, very hungry.