Usually on the weekends, we're relaxed and happier spending time together instead of making a full dinner or lunch, and crave something quick, easy and satisfying. I absolutely love to cook and create new recipes but I think we all have days when we just need a break. Sometimes it's takeout for us, but more often than not, we turn to some beautiful basics: olive oil, cheese and bread.
Our favorite cheese board is one with gouda and/or brie/sharp cheddar, focaccia or a crusty bread, fruit, a meat like salame and wine. Oh, and chocolate, too! It's one of our favorite meals and essentially what we lived off of when we were traveling around Europe as newlyweds.
This roasted garlic and herb infused olive oil is amazing year-round, but I think the warm olive oil and warm bread is especially wonderful when it's cold outside.
Once the garlic is roasted, it slides out easily from it's paper. You can leave it chunky like this, but I like to mash it up and really get the flavors to marry with the olive oil. It's great with bread but for my gluten-free friends, it's also yummy over roasted vegetables, or chicken, or used in a vinaigrette.
Happy Fall, happy Tuesday and happy simple cheeseboard dinner!
Roasted Garlic & Herb Infused Olive Oil
1 head of garlic
extra virgin olive oil
fine sea salt
2-3 sprigs of fresh oregano, or about 1-2 tsp dried
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Cut off the top of the head of garlic, exposing it, and peel off the outer paper layers. Don't worry about leaving the rest - they will easily come off once roasted. Place the garlic in the center of a large piece of foil. Cover it with a couple of good glugs of olive oil. Add the oregano and a good pinch of salt.
Wrap up the foil securely and roast for about 40 minutes. Pour the infused oil into a bowl or a dipping plate, remove the paper around the garlic and mash the garlic into the oil. Taste; add more salt as needed and more extra virgin olive oil if desired. Serve with bread and cheese, or use over roasted vegetables or meat. I hope you enjoy it!