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Garlic Dip

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Ranch dressing is fine, but if you want a dip that is sure to impress, then you MUST try this incredibly flavorful Roasted Garlic Dip.  If you’ve never experienced the magic that is roasted garlic, you have been missing out. It has so much less of a bite to it than raw garlic and is actually sweeter too.

Combined with sour cream, mayo, chopped green onion, and just a touch of dill, roasted garlic becomes the answer to why the veggie platter is suddenly empty! This Roasted Garlic Dip is so fast to throw together, it isn’t even worth considering a store-bought dip

bowl of garlic dip with red peppers and celery on side.

Plus, the smell of garlic roasting in the oven is like culinary heaven.

 Bring Garlic Dip to your next party to serve next to veggies and chips, or use it as an appetizer with warm pita and cheeses.  You can even just make some for yourself and use it as a sandwich spread.

Why this recipe works

Make-ahead – Even as a food blogger, I want my time in the kitchen to be quick, easy, and still produce fantastic results. This dip meets all those needs and you can even make it ahead of time! Absolutely the most quintessential dip for parties, bring this one as the most addictive football dip.

Versatile – See below for all the ways you can dress up this dip from changing up seasonings that complement garlic to the variety of dippers that can be enjoyed.

Different – It’s common when people need a dip recipe to divert to corn dip, crockpot Velveeta Queso or old favorites like ranch dip or cucumber dip, and ALL of those are great. Mix up the appetizer tray at your next party and serve this dip alongside onion dip for a unique (and delicious) menu that not everyone is used to.

Ingredients

  • Garlic bulbs — remove any excess garlic skin and trim the tops.
  • olive oil
  • sour cream — I prefer a full-fat variety, but you can use low-fat too.  Make sure it’s a good brand such as Daisy or Horizon Organic.
  • mayonnaise — any type of mayo, be it original or made without eggs will do.
  • green onions — thinly sliced
  • fresh dill — chopped
  • salt and pepper

Expert Tips

  • Chill! I know, I know, it’s hard to not eat this dip right away, but let the flavors meld together in the fridge at least an hour before devouring this dip.  It really makes a difference
  • Use a good sour cream:  Because this dip has so few ingredients, every one of them counts.  That goes double for the sour cream.  Use a good FULL FAT brand such as Daisy or Horizon Organic.

How to make Garlic Dip

Make sure to check out the printable recipe card for full step-by-step instructions and ingredients.

PREP: Preheat oven to 400. Cut the top off of each garlic to expose the garlic clove. Peel off loose garlic paper.

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  1. Fold a piece of foil in half and place the garlic in the center. Drizzle with olive oil.
  2. Wrap the foil around the bulbs and fold the edges to seal. Roast for 30 minutes. Cool completely. 
  3. Squeeze each clove from the paper into a bowl. It helps to pull the clove away from the bulb and press onto the bottom of the clove.
  4. The clove should slide out of the garlic paper. Repeat until all cloves are in the bowl. 
  5. Mash cloves with potato masher or fork.
  6. Add sour cream, mayonnaise, green onions and dill. Mix well. Season with salt and pepper. 
someone dipping piece of celery into garlic dip from bowl.

FAQ’s

Is Garlic Dip healthy?

According to the Cleveland Clinic, garlic, whether raw or roasted, has many health benefits.  It can have a positive impact on your cardiovascular system, can help your immune system, and also act against inflammation.  

Why roast garlic with the skin on?

Garlic is roasted in its skin primarily to reduce the risk of it burning during the roasting process.  Plus, it’s really easy to remove the remainder of the skin after roasting is complete.

What are some other ways to use Roasted Garlic Dip?

What can I say, you maybe should make a double batch because this Garlic Dip can be so much more than just a dip!  Serve it with pasta or use in place of sour cream on baked or mashed potatoes.  Garlic Dip makes a delicious sandwich spread or can be thinned with olive oil and used as a salad dressing.  You can even use it as a rub before you roast chicken!

How do I store Garlic Dip?

This Roasted Garlic dip can be made in advance and kept in the fridge for one week.  I wouldn’t recommend freezing the dip as dairy dips never tend to taste the same after being frozen.

Can this dip be made ahead of time?

YES! In fact, we even recommend making at least one day in advance to let the flavors meld together well and get it nice and cold. Just be sure to seal tightly as garlic is fragrant.

Want other delicious dip recipes? Check out some of my favorites for your next party:

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Garlic Dip (Dip or Aioli)


Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Roasted garlic dip with fresh bulbs of garlic is a perfect appetizer dip that can be made the day before. Taking just 4 bulbs of fresh garlic and combining with a homemade dressing of sour cream and mayo creates magic. Serve for game days, parties, potlucks and BBQs, this dip makes garlic lovers SWOON with delight. Like all great dips, this dip can be served with a variety of breads and veggies and can even be enjoyed as its own spread on chicken or burgers. Can you ever have too much garlic? NO! 

Ingredients
 

  • 4 bulbs garlic
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small container 8 oz. full fat sour cream
  • 1/2 cup real mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons green onions thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh dill chopped
  • salt and pepper
  • vegetables for serving

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400.
  • Cut the top off of each garlic to expose the garlic clove. Peel off loose garlic paper.
  • Fold a piece of foil in half and place the garlic in the center. Drizzle with olive oil.
  • Wrap the foil around the bulbs and fold the edges to seal.
  • Roast for 30 minutes. Cool completely.
  • Squeeze each clove from the paper into a bowl. It helps to pull the clove away from the bulb and press onto the bottom of the clove. The clove should slide out of the garlic paper. Repeat until all cloves are in the bowl.
  • Mash cloves with masher or fork.
  • Add sour cream, mayonnaise, green onions and dill. Mix well.
  • Season with salt and pepper.
  • Serve with fresh vegetables or refrigerate, covered until ready to serve.

Notes

Variations
  • Spicy: Add hot sauce or red chili flakes for a spicy kick.
  • Middle Eastern: Instead of dill, flavor with cumin, paprika, coriander, and turmeric.
  • Mexican: Leave out the dill and use cumin, cayenne pepper, chili powder, and onion powder.  Serve with tomatoes and sliced avocado or mash the avocado directly into the dip.
  • Bright: Add fresh squeezed lemon juice and serve with sliced cucumber
  • Italian: Top with freshly grated parmesan cheese and bake for 10 min at 400 degrees F.  Serve with Italian bread and olives.
Is Garlic Dip healthy?
According to the Cleveland Clinic, garlic, whether raw or roasted, has many health benefits.  It can have a positive impact on your cardiovascular system, can help your immune system, and also acts against inflammation.  
Why roast garlic with the skin on?
Garlic is roasted in its skin primarily to reduce the risk of it burning during the roasting process.  Plus, it’s really easy to remove the remainder of the skin after roasting is complete.
What are some other ways to use Roasted Garlic Dip?
What can I say, you maybe should make a double batch because this Garlic Dip can be so much more than just a dip!  Serve it with pastas or use in place of sour cream on baked or mashed potatoes.  Garlic Dip makes a delicious sandwich spread, or can be thinned with olive oil and used as a salad dressing.  You can even use it as a rub before you roast chicken!
How do I store Garlic Dip?
This Roasted Garlic dip can be made in advance and kept in the fridge for one week.  I wouldn’t recommend freezing the dip as dairy dips never tend to taste the same after being frozen.

Nutrition

Calories: 445kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 49g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 26g | Monounsaturated Fat: 15g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 357mg | Potassium: 29mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 112IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 1mg

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