Recipe by Sharon123
This is basically aigo bouido(which translates into garlic bouillon), kicked up a bit with a little tomato to make a hearty stock. This is a very old preparation once made by most housewifes in Provence. It's immensely fortifying, good for colds and hangovers, as well as a great foundation for potato dishes and winter stews. Economical and delicious! From Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone by Deborah Madison.
Top Review by **Tinkerbell**
Sharon, this is an amazing recipe! It's easy to make & the house smells wonderful. I had one ice cube left of tomato paste and I think it's about a Tablespoon's worth, but it's just enough to lend a hearty flavor and a nice rice color to the stock. I did press as much of the garlic as I could through a fine mesh strainer, as I didn't want to waste a drop! The fresh herbs pair very well with the garlic and I can't wait to use this in recipes calling for chicken or beef broth. I made a full recipe and was able to make one tray of 8 ice cubes and fill 3 freezing containers with two cups of liquid each. Thanks for posting this recipe, I know I'll be using it again and again! Made for the Topic of the Month forum's Soup-Fest 2011 tag game.
- 2 heads garlic, fresh and firm
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon tomato paste
- 2 bay leaves
- 10 peppercorns
- 2 cloves
- 6 large sage leaves (or 2 tsp. dried)
- 6 fresh thyme sprigs (or 1/2 tsp. dried)
- 10 parsley sprigs
- 2 teaspoons salt
- French bread, sliced and toasted (optional)
Directions See How It's Made
- Separate the garlic cloves by pressing down on the heads. Remove most of the papery skins, then smash the cloves with the flat side of a knife to open them up.
- Heat the oil in a soup pot, add the tomato paste, and fry over medium heat for about 1 mintue.
- Add the garlic, remaining ingredients, and 2 quarts water. Bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer, partially covered, until the garlic cloves are soft, about 45 minutes. Strain. Press the garlic throught the strainer with the back of a spoon into the broth or press it into a dish and use for another purpose. The broth can also be frozen in ice cube trays(or 1 cup containers) and added to vegetables or soups, etc. for extra flavor.
- To make this as a soup, place one to two slices of toasted bread in each bowl and ladle the broth over. Sprinkle with parsley and serve.