Saturday, April 19, 2014

Garlic Soup with cheese & Garlic Olive Crunch Bread for #NationalGarlicDay {+ Giveaway}

Happy National Garlic Day!!! Yes, today April 19th is National Garlic Day and let me tell you that this is one holiday our entire family embraces.  All of us like love garlic so much…it could be that Mia Rose has once eaten most of a freshly harvested head of garlic after school last year Yes,  really I kid you not - the kids harvested garlic in their school garden and Mia Rose was happily chomping away at it.  Now Alena will not say to garlic either - as she can also eat it by the cloves…just like their parental units.

Garlic is one of those things that are always in my kitchen also when traveling and I am not in my own kitchen.  We all love the flavor it gives and it pretty much isa part of almost any dish; sometimes its part of our   salad dressing. Oh yes,  garlic is so good.  So super excited when I got the invite to participate in the #NationalGarlicDay round-up headed by my friend Heather.  There are a total of 15 delicious garlic recipes plus a garlicky giveaway.  As for for me this is the perfect reason to come up with a new garlic recipe.  Please let me introduce you to…tadahhhh

Garlic Soup with cheese {optional} and Garlic Olive Crunch Bread…what do you think? If you prefer it vegan or entirely dairy free just lead out the cheese.

Garlic Soup with cheese
  • 15 - 20 fresh garlic cloves, minced {not pressed}
  • 1 Tb Earth Balance or other preferred "butter"
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 Tbs flour
  • 1/2 C dry white wine
  • 1 Tb dry Sherry
  • 1-1/4 C plain soy creamer
  • 3 C broth 
  • 1/2 bullion cube
  • 1 Tb lemon juice
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • green onion or parsley for garnish
  • 1 C grated Gruyere for serving
  1. Melt "butter" in a pot and when hot add garlic cloves together with a pinch of salt. Gently sauté for a couple of minutes until garlic turns fragrant
  2. Add flour to the garlic and carefully stir it in.  Be careful that it does not burn and after a minute or so
  3. Whisk in the white wine; carefully whisk the mixture to avoid any lumps,  bring to a quick boil and lower the heat.  When wine has reduced add the Sherry and after another minute
  4. Stir in the creamer, broth, and bullion cube. Keep soup slightly covered at a low simmer for about 15 minutes
  5. Add lemon juice, pepper and adjust salt.
  6. Ladle into individual bowls and garnish with either green onions, or parsley.
  7. Serve with cheese on the side.  Each person can add - or leave out - some cheese into their bowl, and top the soup with Garlic Olive Crunch Bread
Garlic Olive Crunch Bread
  • 1 loaf French Bread, sliced
  • 1/3 C Olive Oil
  • 5 pressed garlic cloves
  • 1 tsp salt
Preheat oven to 375F - 1 -2 Baking sheet lined with parchment paper
  1. Combine olive oil with pressed garlic and salt until well blended
  2. Brush each bread slice with the garlic / olive oil mixture 
  3. Place bread onto the prepared baking sheets
  4. Bake for 10 - 15 minutes until crop
Serve with Garlic Soup!

Now read on and check out all the garlicky recipes and enter the giveaway
In honor of National Garlic Day and our love of the stinking rose, we are giving away a Garlic Lovers Prize Pack (valued at over $100) that includes:
  1. The Garlic Farmers' Cookbook
  2. One-year membership to the Garlic Seed Foundation
  3. 5 Garlic Button Covers
  4. OXO Good Grips Garlic Press 
  5. The Ultimate Garlic Peeler
  6. Tumbleweed Pottery Garlic Clove Canister Keeper with Vented Lid
  7. Terra Cotta Garlic Roaster
  8. 2 Bulbs of Whole Black Garlic
To enter, simply leave a comment on this post (mandatory) answering this question: What is your favorite GARLICKY dish (or one that you'd love to try)? After you've answered the question for entry into this contest, be sure to record that you did so in the rafflecopter widget below; doing so will unlock many more optional ways to earn entries. a Rafflecopter giveaway This giveaway is open to residents of the Continental USA. Entries will be accepted through 11:59 pm ET on Thursday, April 24, 2014. All entries will be verified. A winner will be chosen from qualifying entries via random draw, and notified via email within 48 hours of the close of this contest. The winner will have 24 hours from the time the email is sent to respond with their complete name and mailing address (no P.O. Boxes). If no response is received within 24 hours, a new winner will be chosen. Prizes provided by The Garlic Seed Foundation, Food Lust People Love and girlichef. Prizes may vary slightly from images shown and are subject to replacement with comparable items if ones pictured are no longer available at the close of this contest. Items may be shipped separately.


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