Roast garlic confit

Henry Harris's confit garlic recipe is an easy savoury snack you can whip up on a lazy afternoon and put by until you're in need of a heady, garlicky treat. Roasting the garlic first gives the cloves a toffee-like quality, soft enough to mash up into garlic butter or simply spread across a hunk of toasted sourdough.

First published in 2015

Ingredients

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Method

1
Preheat the oven to 180°C
2
Break apart the garlic bulbs into cloves and place in a bowl. Add a generous splash of oil to the bowl and toss through the garlic, seasoning well with salt and pepper. Transfer the garlic to a roasting pan and roast for about 30 minutes, or until the skins have puffed and taken on a good colour
3
When the garlic bulbs are soft enough to pierce easily with a skewer, remove them from the oven and leave to cool. Peel or pop the cloves out from their skins and place in the a large jar with a strong seal. Add the thyme and lemon zest, seasoning generously with sea salt
4
In a separate bowl, whisk the harissa into 250ml olive oil and pour evenly over the garlic cloves to cover, adding more olive oil if necessary. Seal the jar tightly
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp harissa
5
Line a large saucepan with cloth and place the garlic jar on top - the pan should be large enough to comfortably hold the jar. Fill the pan with enough cold water to come up to just below the lid of the jar, then bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and leave to simmer gently for 1 hour, topping up with boiling water from the kettle as needed
6
After an hour remove from the heat and leave to cool completely before removing the jar from the pan. The sealed garlic will keep for several weeks, although once opened they are best kept refrigerated and used within two days
First published in 2015

Henry Harris’s cuisine recalls the fine traditions of French bourgeois cooking with affection and generosity.

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