A recipe of roasted potatoes calls for some garlic to be put in the oven with potatoes that are covered with salt and black/red pepper and rosemary. I don't understand what's the role of garlic here, could someone explain?

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    The flavour of roasted garlic goes really well with roasted potatos. Are you looking for something deeper? May 24, 2014 at 10:44
  • @JamesMcLeod: Do you mean we eat them afterwards? Since the recipe says put them aside
    – Gigili
    May 24, 2014 at 11:33
  • That wasn't clear from your initial post! Maybe if you shared the recipe, we could give you a better answer. May 24, 2014 at 17:55
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    A better question is, why wouldn't you use garlic when making roasted potatoes?
    – logophobe
    May 24, 2014 at 18:52
  • @logophobe I was just typing exactly that. I don't know why your recipe wouldn't serve the garlic. I'd serve it anyway, with the potatoes. You may want to cut it into smaller pieces, you may not want to use all of it (that's up to your personal taste), but roasted garlic is lovely with potatoes. The author of the recipe isn't watching you plate. If you do have garlic left over, you can use it a gazillion ways, including spread on toast.
    – Jolenealaska
    May 24, 2014 at 18:57

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I assume the recipe says to put the garlic in the pan with the potatoes, not just in the oven with them, in which case the garlic will flavour the fat you are roasting the potatoes in, and so will subtly flavour the potatoes themselves.

  • And roasted garlic is sweet and delicious. May 24, 2014 at 15:24

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