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Aïgo Bouido (Provençal Garlic Soup) #FoodieExtravaganza


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This month, we're celebrating garlic with Caroline of Caroline's Cooking leading the charge.

A Garlic Lover's Dream


As for me, it was so tough to decide what to share. I love garlic. All kinds of garlic. Green garlic, black garlic, elephant garlic, regular garlic. I use so much garlic, Jake sometimes asks if I can tone it down. "Maybe you don't have to use enough to scare away an entire colony of vampires this time," he suggests cautiously. He definitely wasn't  thrilled to see all those heads of garlic on my cutting board for this dish!

Aïgo Bouido (or Boulido) means “boiled water” in Provençal. Aïgo bouido sauvo la vido, a popular Provençal folk saying - “Boiled water saves your life” - is said to cure anything that ails you, especially any overindulgences of libations the previous night!

The original version of Aïgo Bouido is simply water boiled with a few garlic cloves, bay leaves and fresh sage. It’s served with a slice of bread and grated cheese.

My version of Aïgo Bouido is definitely more substantial. I like to infuse the soup with other fresh herbs and stir in egg yolks to make it thicker.

Aïgo Bouido
Provençal Garlic Soup

Ingredients
  • 2 T olive oil + more for drizzling
  • 20 cloves garlic, peeled and pressed
  • 6 sage leaves + more for garnish
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2 C water
  • 3 C vegetable broth or stock
  • 5 egg yolks
  • 1 C freshly grated cheese (I used aged parmesan)
  • freshly ground salt
  • freshly ground pepper

Procedure
Heat the olive oil in a large souppot or Dutch oven. Stir in the garlic and cook, stirring constantly, till the garlic begins to turn golden. Be careful not to burn it as the soup will become bitter!


Pour in the water and stock. Drop in the herbs and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and cover partially. Simmer for 30 minutes.

Scoop out the herbs and discard. In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs and cheese. Temper the eggs with the hot broth, then slowly pour the egg-broth mixture back into the souppot. Whisk until thickened and smooth. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Ladle into individual bowls and top with a small drizzle of olive oil and a sage leaf. Serve hot.

Comments

  1. This sounds delicious and soothing Cam...not that I would have any experience with over indulgence of libations LOL.

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  2. What a restorative soup- I have made a garlic soup but never with eggs in it- love how creamy this gets!

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    1. It is restorative and so, so creamy. We loved it.

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  3. Garlic soup sounds perfect for this never ending winter weather we are having!

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    1. It definitely warms up the tummy and the soul, Jolene. Thanks for reading.

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  4. No vampires around here. I guess that means a double batch!

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  5. Sounds like a comforting soup!

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    1. It definitely was that. Thanks for hosting, Caroline.

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  6. This has got to cure whatever ails you! I love the addition of the tempered eggs, Cam!

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    1. I love adding tempered eggs to soup for creamy richness.

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  7. A French version of egg drop soup! So curative!

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