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Green Garlic Soup

From Old99Farm Market

<p>What a better way to boost our immune systems add iron and manganese to our diet, Good for the heart, the gut and the soul!</p> <p>Try the traditional Cream of Leek and Potato Soup where you can substitute leeks with green garlic. <br /> I also found and tried Spinach and Green Garlic Soup at:</p> <p></p>
Source: Camelia (Entered by Camelia Stoica)
Serves: 4 servings

2 Tbsp. olive oil
½ to ¾ lb green garlic, thinly sliced
1 qt. broth
8 to 10 oz. oz. spinach
1 Tbsp. crème fraîche

Step by Step Instructions
  1. Warm the olive oil and butter in a large saucepan or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the green garlic and a pinch of salt, and cook, stirring frequently, until it is soft and translucent. Also, as the garlic cooks, you should notice that its scent changes from raw and sharp to sweeter and more mellow; that’s what you’re after. When the garlic is ready, add the stock, raise the heat a bit, and bring it to a boil. Then adjust the heat to maintain a gentle simmer, and continue to cook for about 15 minutes. Add the spinach, and immediately turn off the stove. Let it sit for 5 minutes – not too long, or the spinach will lose its color – and then, working in batches, purée the mixture in a blender. (Remember never to fill the blender more than a quarter or a third full, because the hot liquid will expand when you turn on the motor.) The soup should be a rich shade of green and very smooth. Return the soup to the pot, and place it over low heat to rewarm gently. Add 1 Tbsp. crème fraîche and another pinch or two of salt. Taste, and adjust seasoning as necessary. Serve warm or hot, with a drizzle of olive oil or a dollop of crème fraîche, if you like.
  2. I made some changes to use more of the farm produce. So I used chopped up bacon and butter, lamb broth and milk. Good King Henry is also a good substitute for spinach. Enjoy!