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The Best of Winter Soups: Caribbean Garlic Soup

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I recall reading a few years back some sorry food blog which intoned "soups are soups, boring and wet." This poor soul, who had no idea of what a soup is, should really never be allowed to write on food. This poor soul also never tried not only one of the most classic and healthy soups in the culinary world, but one of the tastiest: Caribbean Garlic Soup.

First of all, if you are a garlic fan, this will send you over the edge. Once you have tried and tasted this soup, you'll will soon be checking into the Betty Ford Clinic. Yes, this is addictive!

Aside from the fact this soup is delicious and nutritious, it is also very easy to prepare. It is loaded with spices and herb. It is slightly thickened naturally with breadcrumbs and, obviously, it is saturated with garlic but... it is not overpowered by the garlic. Really, this is a soup which is a perfect marriage of tastes.

Though this soup can be prepared anytime of the year, it is especially good during the winter months as the ingredients involved are known to fight colds and the various strains of the flu. So when you get tired of slurping the usual chicken noodle soup, try this soup and get well much quicker.

Ingredients needed to make Caribbean Garlic Soup (serves 4):

  • 8 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbs. olive oil
  • 3 shallots, minced
  • 2 Tbs. minced thyme
  • ½ cup dried breadcrumbs
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. ground black pepper
  • ¼ tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • ½ cup dry sherry

Steps:

  1. In a medium sauté pan or skillet heat the oil over medium heat. Add the garlic and shallots and sauté 5 minutes. Stir in the thyme, breadcrumbs, salt, pepper, cayenne and paprika and cook 3 minutes.
  2. Stir in the stock, increase the heat to high and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer, cover and cook 30 minutes.
  3. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the sherry. Place back on the heat, cook 5 minutes and serve.

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