The Acme Terra Cotta Garlic Baker is made of a porous clay and the top is unglazed inside and out, allowing it to "breathe" during cooking so that the garlic stays moist and comes out well-cooked. You can bake garlic easily in the oven or, if you’re in a hurry, you can even use your garlic baker in the microwave.
Wash the garlic baker in warm water without soap and allow it to air dry before using it for the first time. Soak the dome of the baker in some cool water while you are preparing the garlic -- that will help keep the garlic moist while it is baking.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Remove excess skin from a head of garlic, but leave the head intact. Slice off the top 1/4 inch of the head to expose the tops of each clove.
Place the garlic on the flat-bottom plate of the garlic baker. Drizzle it with 1 tbsp. of olive oil. Place the dome-shaped top of the garlic baker over the garlic.
Put the garlic baker in the oven and roast it for 45 minutes. If using a microwave, roast the garlic for about 1 minute.
When it is cooked, allow the garlic to cool enough so that you can handle it without burning yourself.
Use a small knife to cut the skin gently around each clove. Use a small fork or your fingers to pull or squeeze the roasted garlic cloves so that they will easily pop out of their skins. Eat as is or spread over warm French bread, mix with sour cream for a topping for baked potatoes, or mix with vinegar and oil for a zesty salad dressing.
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