Roasted garlic dip with vegetable platter
For the dip
For the vegetables (choose both raw and cooked)
Heat the oven to 190C/gas 5/fan 170C. Cut a slice off the top of each head of garlic and place on foil. Spoon over 4 tbsp of the oil, tuck in the thyme and wrap. Season with salt and pepper and bake for up to 1 hour – until the garlic is very soft. Cool.
Beat the cheese in a bowl until smooth. Squeeze the roasted garlic out of its skin into the cheese and mash with a fork until smoothish. Beat in sufficient oil and/or milk to get a good dipping consistency. Beat in the herbs and season to taste – add a squeeze of lemon too, if necessary.
Heat 1 tsp oil in a small pan and fry the sliced garlic gently until golden brown (not too brown or it will taste bitter). Drain and scatter the garlic over the dip. Serve the dip in the centre of a large platter of vegetables.
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