Roasted Garlic with Balsamic Vinegar & Olive Oil

Roasted garlic is one of my favourite things in the world.  Roasting garlic in the oven mellows that harsh raw garlic taste into something sweet and heavenly.  Its creamy texture makes it ideal to spread on crackers or melba toast.  It is dead simple to make as a starter and your guest just breaks off some cloves and spread it themselves.  Make sure to dip your bread in the sticky Balsamic sauce that forms in the bottom of the roasting tin!

Roasted Garlic with Balsamic Vinegar & Olive Oil


  • 4 or 5 medium sized heads of garlic, one per person
  • 4 tbsp. Balsamic vinegar
  • 4 tbsp. olive oil
  • a pinch each of mixed herbs, salt and pepper
  1. Preheat the oven to 180C.
  2. Carefully cut across the top of each head of garlic, taking off the pointy bits.
  3. Arrange the heads of garlic in a roasting tin.
  4. Mix the vinegar, olive oil, herbs, salt and pepper and pour it over the exposed tops of the garlic.
  5. Roast in the oven for 40 minutes to 1 hour.  When the garlic is soft and squeezable, it is ready.
Serve with melba toast, crusty bread or crackers.


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