Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Czech Smokey Garlic Soup

We have been seeing smoked garlic on offer around the UK, well around Shropshire anyway.  Tempting displays of the bulbs piled high in baskets at markets. If that isn't evocative enough, pick one up and sniff, they have a truly wonderful smell. You can use the garlic as it is normally used to instill a mild smokey flavour in your dishes.  I would say it is more mild in flavour than other smoked products such as cheese.  This sort of garlic is nice with a further roasting and then using as a spread eaten with a baguette, or added to sauces.  Another way to use it is in a soup as I have done.....Read on to find the recipe later.

They tend to cost a quid per bulb.

I wouldn't rule out smoking a batch at home.

There are several sources online that will tell you how:

I made a Czech style soup with a good handful of cloves.  This soup provides you with all the good qualities of garlic.  Cesnecka, as it is called, is said to be a hangover cure.  Garlic and a good stock, or bone broth are well known to stave off a cold.

2 tbsp. olive oil, or butter, or bacon fat
2 shallot, diced
6 cloves smoked garlic, crushed
6 c. chicken, or beef stock
2 lrg. Potatoes, peeled and small diced
1 bunch of parsley, finely chopped

In a med. pot, cook the shallots and garlic in the oil, until translucent.  Add the stock and bring to a boil.  Then, add the potatoes and parsley, simmer until the potatoes are tender, about 20 min. Season with salt and pepper.

This soup is good garnished with croutons, bacon, grated cheese, or all of the above.

The garlic is showing up at all the grocery stores now, as well.  

Oh look, it costs a quid!

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