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"Confit" is food that has been preserved in fat, and when this method is applied to garlic cloves, the flavor becomes concentrated, it brings out the natural sweetness, and tames the strong bite. Add to soups, stews, vinaigrette, mashed potatoes, spread on crostini, or eat on its own!

Recipe Summary

20 mins
1 hr 30 mins
1 hr 50 mins
2 heads garlic


Original recipe yields 16 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F (120 degrees C).

  • Peel garlic cloves and place into a small 2-cup baking dish or large ramekin. Sprinkle with salt and red pepper flakes. Drizzle with oil, ensuring all cloves are covered. Cover dish with foil.

  • Bake in the oven until garlic cloves are soft and just starting to brown around the edges, 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Do not overcook, as garlic will become bitter.

  • Transfer garlic cloves to a clean jar. Cover lightly with oil. Seal lid and refrigerate; use within 3 to 5 days.

Cook's Notes:

Add a sprig of rosemary or thyme, or a bay leaf before baking to change up the flavor.

You can use any of the extra infused oil for other uses.

You can also store garlic confit by freezing garlic cloves and oil in an ice cube tray. Once frozen, remove cubes from the tray and store in a freezer bag. Bring to room temperature just before using.

Nutrition Facts

90 calories; protein 0.4g; carbohydrates 2.3g; fat 9g; sodium 74mg. Full Nutrition