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Roasted Sweet Garlic, Bread and Almond Soup

Roasted Sweet Garlic, Bread and Almond Soup

~from Jamie’s Kitchen, by Jamie Oliver

Ingredients:

  • 3 heads of garlic, separated into cloves but not peeled
  • 1 medium white onion, peeled and finely chopped
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 ¾ pints chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1 large loaf of ciabatta bread
  • 2 tablespoons sherry vinegar or white wine vinegar
  • 7 oz. whole blanched almonds, lightly toasted
  • salt and pepper
  • 3 oranges, peeled and segemented
  • 1 handful fresh cilantro (leaves only)
  • 1 handful fresh mint (leaves only)

Method:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Roast garlic for 30-45 minutes until it is soft to the touch.
  • Meanwhile, heat 4 tablepoons of oil in a large pot, add the onions, and cook over medium-low heat for 10 minutes, until soft and translucent.
  • Add the cream and the stock. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
  • When the garlic is done, cool slightly and squeeze the wonderful garlic paste into the soup.
  • Stir in the garlic.
  • Cut or tear the crusts from the ciabatta, rip the bread into small pieces, and add to the soup. Add the sherry vinegar and simmer for 5 minutes.
  • In a food processor, blend the soup. Add the toasted almonds and blend those in as well.
  • Season to taste.
  • Ladle into bowls and garnish with orange segments, cilantro and mint. Drizzle with olive oil.

many thanks to Lisa from Spicy Icecream

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