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Garlic Soup

Source: The Heritage of Spanish Cooking
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Active Time:  5 Minutes
Total Time:  20 Minutes
  Serves 4
This is a humble but exquisite soup, made with dense-textured bread and garlic fried in oil, then flavored with paprika. There are more luxurious or well-to-do versions where chorizo sausage, triangles of cured ham and even poached eggs are added. Although originally a peasant soup, it is everyday fare in the cities, especially in Castile. In Catalonia thyme is added to the cooking water. The soup is said to have special purifying virtues and is highly regarded as a pick-me up - ideal for the morning after the excesses of the night before.
4 cups water
1/4 cup olive oil
4 cloves garlic, peeled
10 oz dense-textured french bread, thinly sliced
1 teaspoon paprika
4 eggs (optional)
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Put the water on to boil. Heat the oil and fry the garlic in a skillet (frying pan) or heatproof casserole. Add the slices of bread and brown. Stir in the paprika, then pour in the boiling water. Add the salt and cook for 15 minutes. Serve.

If desired, break an egg for each person into the soup in the final few minutes of the cooking time. Wait until the white sets before serving.

Recipe reprinted by permission of Weldon Russell. All rights reserved.
Date Added: 01/01/2008
Nutrition Facts per Serving
Yield:   Serves 4
Calories: 320
Sodium: 432mg
Fiber: 2g
Carbohydrates, Total: 38g
Protein: 7g
% Cal. from Fat: 45%
Fat. Total: 16g
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