Friday, March 25, 2011

Starting Out: Roasted Garlic Soup

I have been cooking with my boyfriend for almost four years.  He has been dealing with digestive issues, which is a challenge for us as we try to come up with interesting recipes that don't upset his stomach.  From our experimentation, it seems he is at least gluten and somewhat lactose intolerant, so I have been using more and more coconut oil and milk in my cooking and have stopped baking entirely. 

Right now, I'm adapting a recipe for garlic soup that I found.  The original recipe is on Epicurious and is called "Roasted Soup with Parmesan Cheese."

My recipe:

  • 26 garlic cloves (unpeeled)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/3 stick butter (generous)
  • 3 medium size onions, sliced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
  • 2 1/8 tsp garlic powder
  • 3 1/2 cups homemade chicken stock
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 tsp salt

  • 1/2 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
-  preheat the oven to 350F
-  add 2 tbsp olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper; toss to coat
-  cover the baking dish with foil and bake for ~45 minutes (keep an eye on this -- if your cloves are smaller, it won't take as long.  Some of mine turned a little browner than I wanted)

If your kitchen doesn't smell amazing during this baking process, you're doing something wrong!  Mmmm roasted garlic...

When the cloves are golden brown and delicious, let them cool and then squeeze them to release the cloves (compost the peel).

-  chop 3 onions
-  heat 1/3 cup butter in a medium size pot
-  when melted, add the chopped onion, thyme, and 1/2 tsp salt
-  still occasionally and cook til onions are transparent
-  add the roasted garlic cloves and the garlic powder*, mix
-  add the chicken stock and simmer

Using a stick blender (in my case) or a blender/food processor, puree your soup mixture and return it to the stove

-  add coconut milk and season with salt and pepper to taste
-  add lemon juice and garnish with Parmesan cheese, and...Voila!

*  If you have a lot of garlic, feel free to use fresh garlic cloves instead of garlic powder.  I ran out of cloves so I had to substitute garlic powder instead.

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