Garlic Soup Gratiné (Cream of Garlic Soup)

Recipe by littleturtle
READY IN: 1hr
SERVES: 6
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
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DIRECTIONS

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • In a pot, cover garlic and bay leaves with 2 cups cold water.
  • Bring to a boil, then drain.
  • Repeat process 3 times.
  • In a large dutch oven, over medium heat, fry bacon until crisp.
  • Remove bacon from pan and set aside; discard all but 1 tablespoon grease (if there isn't a full tablespoon make up the difference with butter).
  • Add the onions and leeks and season with salt and pepper; cook, covered, over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until onions are tender (10-15 minutes).
  • Add garlic, broth, cream, bacon, and thyme to onion/leek mixture and simmer, uncovered, for 8-10 minutes.
  • On a baking sheet, bake the bread slices until crisp but not golden (6 minutes).
  • Remove bay leaves from soup; discard.
  • In a food processor or blender, purée the soup until smooth (working in batches if necessary).
  • Pour soup into serving bowls.
  • Rub each slice of toast on both sides with the cut sides of a garlic clove.
  • Top each bowl with toast and sprinkle with cheese.
  • Heat under broiler until golden brown.
  • Sprinkle with chives.
  • Serve hot.
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