Sahar Saffron, fresh saffron market
Sahar Saffron, fresh saffron market

Garlic and saffron soup

Yields: 4 servings

  • 5 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cups trimmed sourdough bread cubes
  • 4 large garlic cloves, quartered
  • 1/3 cup dry white wine
  •  4 cups canned low-salt chicken broth
  •  2 generous pinches saffron threads

Salt 8 1/2-inch-thick French bread baguette slices 1/2 cup grated Manchego or Monterey Jack Cheese Minced fresh chives or green onion tops Saffron threads
Heat 4 tablespoons oil in heavy large skillet over medium-high heat. add bread cubes and garlic and sauté until bread is lightly golden about 4 minutes. Add wine, then broth and saffron; bring to boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer 25 minutes. Puree soup in a blender. Return soup to saucepan. Season with salt. Preheat oven to 350°F. Arrange French bread slices on cookie sheet. Brush with remaining 1 tablespoon oil. Bake until lightly toasted, about 8 minutes. Sprinkle cheese over croutons. Transfer cookie sheet to broiler; broil croutons until cheese melts. Place 2 croutons in each bowl. Bring soup to simmer. Ladle over croutons. Sprinkle with chives and a few saffron threads and serve.





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