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Garlic soup may not sound like the choice soup to serve at a dinner party, yet you’ll be surprised by its mild, dare I say, sweet flavor. If you love the taste of roasted garlic, you will love this soup. It is extremely easy to prepare and only takes 15 minutes to bring together.
Because there’s so little that goes into this soup, it’s important to use the freshest and best ingredients you have available. Don’t be afraid of the first ingredient, chicken fat. It possesses great flavor that adds depth to this already delicate soup. I recommend rendering chicken fat from poultry that has been pasture raised. If you dig making your own chicken stock, then you probably already have some on hand.
If you love to bake your own artisan breads, I suggest an Olive Oil baguette spiced with fresh ground pepper and garlic to be the toasted center of attention. The smooth sweet garlic soup soaked into the peppery-garlic toast is a match made in heaven.
HERE’S ALL IT TAKES to serve 4 friends:
Preparation time: 15 minutes
3 tablespoons chicken fat
1 head garlic, each clove peeled and sliced
8 slices baguette
4 cups fresh chicken stock
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/ Heat oven to 375º for toasting baguette slices.
2/ In a medium saucepan over low heat, sauté garlic in chicken fat until tender – about 7-10 minutes total. Transfer the garlic to a plate.
3/ Brush baguette slices on both sides with garlic seasoned oil and toast in oven until they are golden brown. Transfer 2 toasts into each soup bowl.
4/ Add the cooked garlic, chicken stock, and thyme back into the saucepan and bring to a simmer for 5 minutes.
5/ Ladle the soup over the garlic toasts and serve immediately.
Recipe and photo by Jill McKeever of SimpleDailyRecipes.com. Check out her blog!