"Boiled Water" soup (French)
It has a tanginess that is surprisingly delightful
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- 4 c
- 1 tsp
- salt (if desired)
- 12 clove
- garlic,peeled and lightly mashed (yes 12 cloves)
- bay leaves
- 1 sprig(s)
- sage or 1/4 tsp of dried
- 1/4 c
- extra virgin olive oil
- 4 slice
- french peasent bread,(recipe is posted on this site) day old,or day old store bought french bread
- 1 1/2 c
- parmigiano-reggiano,freshly grated or gruyere cheese freshly grated
1Pour water into a medium (3qt) saucepan,add salt and garlic.Place over medium heat and bring to a gentle boil.Cook for 10 minutes.
2Add bay leaves,sage and a tablespoon of the olive oil ,and cook an additional 5 minutes.
3Remove from from heat,cover and let stand for 10 minutes.Strain.Discard garlic buds and herbs.Place a slice of dayold (stale) breadin each heated bowl,cover with large helping of cheese.Sprinkle with remaining olive oil
4Pour the strained broth over bread and cheese.
5Serve and watch the pleasently surprised faces of your guests. This is an excellent first course for a heavy meal to follow