How to Bake Elephant Garlic

by Natalie Smith

Elephant garlic cloves are larger and have more of a red color than regular garlic.

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Baked garlic cloves make an excellent spread for crusty French or Italian bread or as a topping for a baked potato or integrated with mashed potatoes for a buttery, garlicky flavor. Elephant garlic is identical to regular garlic, but it is approximately three times larger than a normal garlic bulb. Elephant garlic can be baked like regular garlic and its larger size is more suitable for sharing.

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

Cut 3/4 inch of the top off each of the garlic bulbs off so each garlic clove is exposed.

Place the garlic cloves in a loaf pan or a small baking pan. Pour the olive oil and water in the bottom of the pan. Sprinkle sea salt over the top of the cloves and oil.

Cover the pan with foil. Bake the garlic cloves for 60 minutes.

Remove the garlic from the oven and test them. When the garlic is ready, it will be tender and have the consistency of butter.

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About the Author

Natalie Smith is a technical writing professor specializing in medical writing localization and food writing. Her work has been published in technical journals, on several prominent cooking and nutrition websites, as well as books and conference proceedings. Smith has won two international research awards for her scholarship in intercultural medical writing, and holds a PhD in technical communication and rhetoric.