Enjoy the sweet perfection of roasted garlic in this sour cream-based dip. Grab your favorite potato chips, pretzels, or veggies for dunking in this game-day-ready snack.
Super Bowl Sunday is just around the corner! Don't worry if you're not a football fan - I'm giving the food top billing.
It's one of those days that is defined by a spread of snacks like this roasted garlic dip... and noshing all day long is just expected. My favorite kind of day!
Why you will love this recipe
You only need a handful of ingredients to make this savory dip. Roasting the garlic turns it into a sweet delicacy.
How to roast garlic
- Remove the loose, outer papery skins from the head of garlic. Slice a thin layer (¼ inch) off of the top of the garlic, exposing the cloves. The whole head of garlic should remain intact.
- Drizzle a little olive oil over the cut surface. Wrap the head of garlic in foil and roast in a 400-degree oven for 40-60 minutes. The roasting time will depend on the size of the garlic head. Start checking the garlic for doneness after 40 minutes and continue roasting until soft and golden brown.
- Once cool enough to handle, squeeze the roasted garlic from the skins. Chop or smash with a fork.
Use the roasted garlic to punch up the flavor of salad dressings, mayonnaise (like this garlic aioli), pan sauces, and more.
Step-by-step instructions for garlic dip
See the recipe card for complete instructions and ingredient amounts.
- In a mixing bowl, combine the sour cream, roasted garlic, chives, and vinegar. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
- Refrigerate overnight to allow time for the flavors to blend.
- Serve with your favorite dippers - potato chips, tortilla chips, veggies, etc.
Roasting garlic mellows its sharp flavor and brings out its sweetness. It's delicious in dips, dressings, and sauces. Raw garlic is full of a stronger, more pungent flavor.
Roasting garlic at too high of a temperature can cause bitterness. For best results, drizzle oil on the head of garlic, wrap it in aluminum foil, and roast at 400 degrees. It can take 40-60 minutes for the garlic to become soft, tender, and sweet. Start checking the garlic at 40 minutes and bake longer if necessary.
Roasted Garlic Dip with Chives
- 2 heads garlic
- 2-3 teaspoons olive oil
- 2 cups sour cream
- 3 tablespoons chopped fresh chives (plus extra for garnishing)
- 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar (or white wine vinegar)
- ¼ teaspoon Kosher salt (or to taste)
- ⅛ teaspoon black pepper (or to taste)
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
- Remove the loose, outer papery skins from the heads of garlic. Slice a thin layer (¼ inch) off of the top of the garlic, exposing the cloves. The whole head of garlic should remain intact.
- Drizzle the olive oil over the cut surface. Wrap each head of garlic in aluminum foil and roast in a 400-degree oven for 40-60 minutes. Start checking the garlic for doneness after 40 minutes and continue roasting until soft and golden brown. (When squeezed, the cloves should easily come out of the skins.)
- Once the garlic is cool enough to handle, squeeze the roasted garlic from the skins. Chop or smash and add to a mixing bowl with the remaining ingredients. Stir to combine.
- Refrigerate the dip overnight in an airtight container. Serve with potato chips, pretzels, or veggies. Refrigerate leftovers for up to 5 days.
Nutritional information is an estimate and will vary depending upon the exact amounts and specific ingredients used.
This post was originally published in January 2020 and has been updated.