Roasted Garlic

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3 Large bulbs of garlic
Olive oil
Thyme leaves
Salt and pepper
Italian seasoning
Italian bread

Remove loose outer leaves of garlic bulb.  Cut off top of bulb so that each clove is open at the top.  Drizzle one-quarter teaspoon olive oil over the bulb and dot with butter.  Sprinkle with a few thyme leaves.  Salt and pepper to taste.  Set bulb in baking dish and cover. Place in cold oven.  Bake at 300 degrees for 30 minutes.  Remove cover and bake additional 45 minutes or until garlic is tender and husks are golden brown.  Baste occasionally with olive oil. Baked garlic may be served whole.  Each clove can be broken off and easily pressed out to be eaten as a spread on bread.  Serve with a dip of olive oil seasoned with Italian spices.