Garlic Soup Recipe
You might expect this garlic soup recipe to be from the south of France where cooking with garlic is more common, but this delicious easy soup recipe comes from Arleux, which is in the north of France. In general the French are cautious with using garlic in recipes, not wanting its strong taste to overwhelm other flavors, but here the garlic is allowed to define the dish.
The city of Arleux in the very north of France is well known for producing quality garlic. Much of the garlic that is grown here is braided together and then hung in small rooms where it is smoked for ten days over a slow burning peat fire. The smoking preserves the garlic, allowing it to be stored for up to a year, and also gives the exterior a distinctive brownish color. (Photo by Rowena of Rubber Slippers in Italy.)
In the first part of September, the people of Arleux celebrate the garlic harvest with a festival and everywhere in the streets you will see bouquets and braids of garlic. This garlic soup recipe is typical of what the people might eat during the festival and throughout the rest of the year.
Are you curious to find out about some other specialities of the north of France?Flamiche, is a leek tart, that is the speciality of Picardy and this Easy Beef Stew Recipe is known as carbonnade. Both are delicious and easy to prepare.