Chilled Garlic Soup

  • 12 blanched almonds
  • 6 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 thick slices white bread, cubed and with crusts removed
  • 2 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 2/3 cup dry white wine
  • salt and white pepper
  • 2 tbsp chives, snipped

Process the almonds and garlic to a paste in a blender or food processor, or pound them with a mortar and pestle. Heat the oil in a small pan and fry the garlic paste and bread cubes over medium heat until the bread is golden brown.

Pour the chicken broth and wine into a blender or food processor, add the garlic and bread mixture, and season with salt and pepper. Process until the soup is smooth.

Stir in the chives, then chill for at least one hour. Before serving, taste and adjust seasoning if necessary. Garnish with croutons.

  • Yields: 4 servings
  • Preparation Time: 1 1/2 hours (includes chilling time)
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