DPP 2010 – December 19

Garlic soup with toast.  Amazing for sore throats and stuffed up sinuses.  Easy to make, even when you don’t feel good.  Easy to eat when you don’t feel good, because it’s mostly broth.  But you have to like garlic, because the house will smell like sauteed garlic for about three days.

Garlic Soup With Toast

4 slices bread

vegetable cooking spray

1 T vegetable oil

6-8 cloves garlic, finely chopped (or put through the garlic press)

½ tsp ground cumin

1/4 tsp dried oregano leaves

1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

3 ½ cups vegetable stock (I used chicken broth.)

1 egg, beaten (I skip the egg when I don’t feel good and just want brothy soup.  It is delicious with or without.)

salt, to taste

cilantro, finely chopped, as garnish (I skipped this ingredient.)

1. Spray both sides of bread with cooking spray; cook in large skillet, over medium heat, until golden on both sides. Keep warm.  (I just made toast in the toaster, no cooking spray or skillet.)

2. Heat oil in medium saucepan until hot; add garlic and cook over low heat until garlic is very soft and very lightly browned, 5 to 8 minutes. Stir in cumin, oregano, and cayenne pepper; cook 1 to 2 minutes. Add stock to saucepan; heat to boiling. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, 5 minutes.  Slowly stir beaten egg into simmering broth.  Season to taste with salt.

3. Place slices of bread in bottoms of 4 shallow bowls; ladle soup over. Sprinkle with cilantro.

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