Peeling one garlic clove? Annoying but doable. Peeling 5? 10? 20? For recipes for roasted chicken, potatoes, pastas, soups, and pizzas, garlic is sometimes called for in large quantities — enough to make you give up and find a garlic-free recipe.
This quick, basic way of peeling garlic used by top chefs worldwide will save you a lot of time and sanity:
First, remove a single clove.
Next, slice off the stem end.
Then, place your knife flat on the clove and give it a good whack with the heel of your palm.
Finally, peel your garlic clove easy-peasy.