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Can I re-roast garlic cloves?

spock74 | Oct 18, 201803:19 PM     2

Here’s the thing, I just got an Instant Pot so of course I’m ooohing and aaahing over all of the “Did you know you could do X in this miracle device?!?!” post I come across. Fast forward to last night when I realized that the giant bag of garlic that someone bought a few weeks ago when he was at CultCo because "we needed it anyway" (not taking into account the fact that we don't actually operate a restaurant) was at the point where it needed to be used or it would soon be attracting bugs. My IP addled brain went straight to roasting it, so I did. The recipe I used called for Instant Pot followed by a few minutes of broiling to brown it after.

Here's where the problem starts. It's soft, and it’s spreadable, but it doesn't have that deep caramelized flavor that makes it so amazing. I guess if I had thought about it very hard I would have realized that steaming could never produce that kind of complexity, but in my IP frenzy I convinced myself that the broil would be enough. It was not.

What I'm wondering is if there's any way to salvage the cloves by wrapping them in foil and roasting them longer or if they'll just burn since I've already removed them from the skin. Or could I do something else with them? They're very mild, but not very flavorful. I wouldn't bother if it was just a head or two, but I ended up with almost a dozen usable heads which produced over two cups of cloves after I de-skinned them.

Anyway, tl;dr, can I re-roast already roasted naked cloves of garlic or use them in some other way because they are really bland. Thanks!

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