Garlic soup was a staple during hard times in Spain. Since then it has become a favorite dish in the finest restaurants. There are many variations, and this is a simple one to which you can add your favorite ingredients.
Prep Time: 20 min.
Cook Time: 40 min.
1 quart of water
4 tbsp chopped garlic
1 three-inch section of day-old French bread, or other coarse crusty bread
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tsp bittersweet smoked paprika (Pimentón de la Vera)
Heat water and add garlic. While garlic cooks (5 - 10 minutes), slice the bread very thinly and fry it in the olive oil, sprinkling a little pimentón and salt in the oil. Add the bread and oil to the water and simmer for another 10-15 minutes. You can leave the soup for several hours at this stage.
Just before serving, break each egg in turn into a ladle and lower into soup. Stir ladle to break up the eggs. Serve immediately into deep bowls.
This is a great appetizer soup, or a nice warm meal for a winter day.
Recipe courtesy of Spain GourmeTour magazine.