This recipe is a hearty traditional dish in Spain, courtesy of chef Juan Maniero from Madrid’s Sobrino de Botin restaurant.
Garlic soup recipe (serves 4 people)
4 cloves of garlic
2 white baguettes from the previous day (approx. 300 grams)
50 grams Serrano ham
4 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon ground sweet paprika
1 liter water
Peel the garlic and cut it into thin slices. Chop the ham into narrow strips. Slice the bread into small slices.
Heat the olive oil in a pan and fry the garlic. Add the ham and fry it too. Then add the bread slices and fry until golden brown.
Add the powdered paprika and stir. Pour in the water. Salt to taste and bring to the boil. Simmer for a few minutes.
Pour the soup into oven proof dishes or clay forms. Crack an egg into each bowl of soup. Bake in the oven at 190 degrees Celsius for five minutes.
Serve with bread. Best enjoyed with a dry Spanish red wine.