SOPA DE AJO (HOT GARLIC SOUP)
Prep Time: 30 Minutes
Yields: 6 Servings
Hot garlic soup is a tradition not only in Spain, but also in Italy and southern France. This simple soup is always made with eggs to add protein to the dish. In order to serve the egg perfectly poached, the soup should be eaten immediately after poaching.
16 cloves of garlic, thinly sliced
½ cup extra virgin olive oil, divided
12 (2-inch) French bread cubes
½ tsp paprika
2 tsp granulated garlic
½ cup tomato sauce
5 cups chicken stock (+ 3-4 cups, heated in reserve to maintain soup consistency)
1 bay leaf
salt and black pepper to taste
6 whole eggs
¼ cup chopped parsley
Remove eggs from refrigerator. In a 2 gallon heavy bottomed pot, add half of the oil and all of the garlic. Bring oil to 190°F. Poach garlic, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon until soft. Gradually increase heat until temperature reaches 210° and garlic is lightly browned on the edges. Remove garlic and set aside (retain oil). In same skillet, sauté half of the bread cubes until golden brown on all sides. Sprinkle in half of paprika and granulated garlic and remove bread. Heat second half of oil, brown the second half of bread with the rest of the paprika and granulated garlic. Remove bread. Combine garlic and toasted bread cubes in Robot Coupe. In the same pot, combine tomato sauce, chicken stock and bay leaf. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Bring to a rolling boil, reduce to simmer, whisk in bread paste and cook 15 minutes. Adjust seasonings if necessary. Turn off heat and crack eggs into boiling soup, allowing them to poach for 5 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, remove poached eggs and place in 6 soup bowls. Top each egg with hot broth and sprinkle with parsley.
* When prepared in individual servings (in soup cups), crack 1 egg into each very warm soup cup and immediately top with a ladle of boiling broth. Put in a 350°F oven for 7-9 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to sit for 1-2 minutes to finish carryover cooking. Serve garnished with parsley.