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Thursday, January 8, 2015

French garlic soup with mint

Yes, we're big fans of garlic soup. We've tried it and keep having it in lots of styles and versions. Here we tried it in a classic French way, with whole cloves, served with fresh yogurt and mint leaves and fresh oven-baked herb butter baguette. Very delicately flavored, very light, doesn't leave any garlic breath behind, keeps the cold away.. what more could one ask for :) ?
Adapted from "Ma boitte de recettes" via Cătălina

Other garlic soups I'd recommend:
Czech garlic soup with chorizo and mustard (the way they do it in Prague).

Last year: Pear salad with walnuts and Gorgonzola (American).
Two years ago: Kedgeree (Anglo-Indian or Scottish).
Three years ago: Tapenade (olive paste) bread rolls.
Four years ago: Tabbouleh (Lebanese and generally Middle Eastern bulgur wheat salad) (vegan) and Simple wellness salad with endives, feta, clementines and pumpkin seeds.

Ingredients (serves 4):
  • 2 garlic heads
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1,5 liters vegetable stock
  • 1,5 tablespoons sweet paprika
  • 1 handful fresh mint
  • 150-200 g simple yogurt for serving

Get the garlic and prepare for a delicious experience :)

Heat the olive oil in a soup pot and place the peeled cloves in it:

Let them fry for 4-5 minutes, stirring once in a while, until they look golden all over. Start heating the soup stock separately. Add the paprika to the cloves:

Stir and cook for 2-3 more minutes, then pour the stock on top. Bring to a boil and let it simmer for about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Transfer to serving bowls. Chop up the fresh mint:

Let everyone add a dollop of yogurt and a good serving of mint to his/her own bowl:

Dig in!

P.S: If you would like to serve with the herb butter baguette like we did, you can find the instructions in our post about the onion-tamarind soup. :)

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