Roast-Garlic and Olive Oil Bread

Roasting brings out garlic's sweetness as you'll discover in James Martin's delightfully simple recipe for a flavourful starter or snack
By James Martin
Roast-Garlic and Olive Oil Bread
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  • Serves: 6-8
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Effort: easy



  • 6-8 whole large heads of garlic
  • 250 ml olive oil
  • 3-4 sprigs of thyme
  • flakes sea salt
  • 2-3 loaves of assorted bread

To serve (optional):

  • extra virgin olive oil
  • flakes sea salt


1. Preheat the oven to 190°C/gas 5.

2. Slice the garlic heads in half across and place on a baking tray. Drizzle over the olive oil. Strip the leaves from the thyme sprigs and sprinkle over the garlic together with some crushed sea salt flakes.

3. Roast the garlic in the oven for 15-20 minutes until the garlic flesh feels soft when pierced with the tip of a knife.

4. Meanwhile, slice the loaves of bread. Char-grill or grill the bread until golden brown or serve the bread plain.

5. Serve the roast garlic warm from the oven with the freshly grilled toast or plain bread and allow your guests to scoop out the soft garlic flesh to spread on the toast. You can also serve bowls of extra-virgin olive oil and pots of sea salt to sprinkle over the garlic-spread bread or toast.

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