How To Cut A Garlic Clove Crosswise

A garlic clove is a very useful and delicious ingredient that is used in many different recipes. There are plenty of methods that people use to peel and prepare a head of garlic. Many of these methods provide easy ways of getting the cloves out of the head of garlic so that they may be used. But you don’t always want the garlic clove to be separated from the head.

There are a few recipes that call for a head of garlic halved crosswise. The first time I saw this, I was very confused. I didn’t know what it meant, how to do it, or why it was required. If you are starting out your cooking adventures, you may not have experienced this very often, and some helpful advice may be welcome. So I have put together some helpful information that should be able to help you when you come across this in a recipe.

Why Cut A Head Of Garlic Half Crosswise? (How To Cut Garlic)

Garlic Clove Cross Cut

Cutting a head of garlic crossways gives you some interesting options. You will mostly find that recipes will call for a head of garlic to be cut in half crosswise if roasting is part of the process and necessary in the recipe. Cutting the garlic in half crosswise makes roasting the garlic way easier. After you cut the garlic crosswise, drizzle some oil on the exposed garlic and wrap in foil. After about 40 minutes roasting in the oven at 400 degrees, the center clove of the garlic should be completely soft. Further roasting will give even more golden brown color and caramelized flavor.

This roasting process gives the garlic so many uses. You can use the garlic as a spread itself, or it can be mashed and incorporated into a wide variety of other dishes, including salad dressing, hummus, baba ganoush as well as soups casseroles and sauces.

Roasted garlic is versatile and useful, and the best way to roast it is by cutting in crosswise.

How Do I Cut A Head Of Garlic Crosswise?

When you get garlic, your first instinct is to peel off the skin. There are many methods of doing this, in fact, it seems like most people have their own little tricks to getting the skin to loosen and peel off. Although, this is not something you want to do for this method. The skin helps hold together the head of garlic.

Halved Garlic in Oil

The method is very simple. You just need to slice through the head of garlic horizontally. The cutting should be easy. Because you did not remove the skin, expect it to flake and for some to fall off. You can remove the excess but do not actively peal through it. Leaving it on keeps all of the cloves together better than anything else.

Holding the garlic may be an issue as it is a strangely shaped Item to be cutting in this fashion. Make sure to hold the entire clove tightly and do not cut toward you or your hand. Slice quickly and smoothly so as not let the knife slip or catch.

garlic clove

Easy as that.

Slicing garlic crosswise is a useful technique that can help in cooking, and specifically it is used to prep a clove of garlic for roasting. Roasted garlic is easy to work with and can be incorporated into a variety of dishes, spreads, and sauces. It can even be used on its own as a spread on crackers.

To cut the clove of garlic, hold it tight and slice through the center of the clove crosswise. Do not remove the skin as the skin will help keep the clove together after it is cut. The skin may flake off, but that is ok.

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Helen Harris

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Lizsc - November 24, 2018

A few pictures of the actual garlic halved crosswise might help.

The Kitchen Advisor - December 11, 2018

Good call, Liz. We kinda missed that detail.


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