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Old 02-25-2012, 01:13 PM   #1
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Spanish Garlic Soup - Sopa de Ajo

As per Rock Lobster´s request ...

This humble shepherd´s meat broth has been one of the foundation stones of the Castilla León, Castilla La Mancha and Madrid regional cuisines ( central northern Spain ) since pre-medieval times. Garlic ( ajo ), day old bread, smoked paprika and olive oil with veal stock has evolved to encompass regional and family interpreations.

In coastal Málaga on the southern Atlantic coast, a fish stock is employed. In the Basque Country on the north central Iberian coast and on the Pyrenee Mountain frontier with France, the beef broth is created with a calf´s leg.

In today´s taverns and bars, its made with an egg on top and sometimes chicken broth verses veal broth ...

Here is our family recipe:

8 cloves of garlic whole
2 fl. oz. extra virgin olive oil
8 coarse country thick chunky slices of bread ( Chapata Italian or French style baguette )
1 tsp. Smoked Paprika sweet
1/2 tsp. Smoked Paprika piquant
salt and black pepper
Eggs ( 1 per person, 1 per bowl )
Chopped minced fresh parsley
1 1/2 quarts of veal or chicken stock home made

1) sauté whole garlic cloves in olive oil until golden and tender and have impregnated into the oil and then discard the cloves, NOT the oil.
2) sauté the bread slices in the garlic infused olive oil until golden crisp
3) remove the bread and cover with aluminum tent on plate
4) add the paprikas to the oil now and stir briefly and then add all to the stock
5) add the salt and pepper and bring the stock to a boil
6) Split up the large bread chunks into large chunks and place in the broth and simmer 10 minutes and adjust the seasoning and paprika
7) to serve - pour the broth into earthenware bowls made of clay
8) break an egg in each bowl and wait until the white of each egg sets before serving
9) sprinkle egg with salt and pepper, minced fresh parsley and serve with extra oven hot bread for extra dipping and a Castilla Leòn or Castilla La Mancha Red oak fermented wine

Enjoy.
Margi Cintrano.

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Old 02-25-2012, 01:28 PM   #2
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Looks yummy. What is the purpose of the bread? Does it dissolve in the soup or does it stay in chunks?
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Old 02-25-2012, 01:34 PM   #3
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@ Tax Lady: The Bread in the Garlic Soup

The bread gives it the substance however, the texture and it of course shall be like an Onion Soup, soaked in the bread ... Try it ... it is good especially on a cold damp grey day ... or when it is truly cold ...

Let me know how it comes out ... and it is simple ... and full of flavour ... good for you too ... Garlic is a great for immune system ...

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Old 02-25-2012, 01:43 PM   #4
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It will be a while before I try the soup with bread. I am on a low carb diet and that was part of the reason I asked. Thanks for the recipe and response.
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Old 02-25-2012, 01:44 PM   #5
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I like your recipe, Margi, but I wouldn't discard the golden brown garlic. It's ooey gooey goodness is great in the garlic soup I make. Just put them into a small bowl and mash with a fork.

It also makes a great base for oyster stew. I love garlic and like you say it's good for you.
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@ Tax Lady: Salt free, low carb, sugar free bread ?

Good Afternoon Tax Lady,

Onion soup and Garlic soup are both delicious, however, both have bread in them ... However, what about a salt free and sugar free bread and just two slices ? Or a bread low in carbs ?

Is there such an animal ?

Have nice wkend.

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@ ZhiZara: Garlic

Good Afternoon,

Hi. Yes, garlic is truly good for you, especially if you live in an Urban environment that is over crowded and polluted ...

Okay, good idea ... save the garlic cloves for a near future use ... I would reserve however, use rapidly in another dish --- since in Garlic Soup, they are being used very quickly ... Perhaps for one of my tomato sauces for my pastas. I jar my own Bolognese, Marinara, Pesto, etcetra.

Interesting fact:
ZARA is the name of a famous Spanish Galician Clothing Shop, similar to Limited or Express --- they are located in all major USA cities ... Know it ?
In English it is pronounced ZARA with a Z ... In Spanish: THARA ...

Have a nice wkend.
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@ Zhizara: It is exotic ... A bit Chinese & a bit Spanish

Zhi is Chinese and Zara ( Thara ) is Spanish ... a touch of elegance ...

I am always curious about linguistics ... and languages ...

Thanks for posting.

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Are 8 cloves of garlic enough?
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