Baked Potatoes with Roasted Garlic
Roasted garlic is also good spread on bread and stirred into sauces or vinaigrettes. Make an extra head or two; it will keep, tightly wrapped, in the refrigerator for up to three days.
- 4 whole heads garlic
- Extra-virgin olive oil
- 4 (about 2 1/4 pounds) Idaho baking potatoes
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Using a sharp knife, score each head of garlic 1 inch from top, and peel away top inch of skin. Scrub the potatoes well, dry them, and prick each several times with a fork.
Heat oven to 425 degrees. Rub heads of garlic lightly with olive oil, and wrap them loosely in aluminum foil. Bake garlic and potatoes until garlic is very soft and potatoes are tender, about 1 hour. Serve each potato with a head of garlic; let guests squeeze roasted garlic from skin, and mix it into baked potato along with salt, pepper, and olive oil as desired.