Citizens – I am on a clandestine several day trip through the Nordic region and Scandinavia, and am currently visiting the secret TFD lair in the beautiful country of Finland!
As I plot total world domination from my Sanctum Sanctorum here in Helsinki, I would like to share my version of this delicious Finnish recipe for garlic soup before I leave for Sweden tomorrow!
My version of Valkosipulikeitto (best of luck pronouncing it to anyone who isn’t Finnish!) is heady with roasted and fresh garlic, beer, cider, herbs and spices yet it is mellowed by potato and a touch of mayonnaise emulsion. Then I brighten the soup with a parsley and bacon fat drizzle.
It will cure all your ills and repel vampires for weeks. 😉 I ask you to prepare this pungent treat and identify proudly with your Glorious Leader as we, the Citizens of TFD, prepare our ultimate victory!
Enjoy, my Citizens!
Battle on – The Generalissimo
2 quarts chicken stock
½ cup apple cider
½ cup dark beer such as Heineken
3 heads of garlic, cloves separated and peeled
1 head of roasted garlic, pulp squeezed out of cloves
3 large potatoes, peeled and roughly cut into small pieces
2 teaspoons salt
2 tablespoons freshly ground pepper
2 ½ tablespoons thyme
3 cloves, ground to a powder
2 bay leaves
6 sprigs parsley
3 pinches of nutmeg
2 tablespoons bacon fat
1 egg yolk
2 tablespoons olive oil
Sprigs of fresh thyme
Boil the chicken stock, beer, cider, garlic, potatoes, salt, pepper, thyme, cloves, nutmeg, bay leaves, parsley, and bacon fat together slowly for 45 minutes.
Remove bay leaves and puree the soup with an immersion blender (or let cool and put into a food processor) until smooth.
Whisk the egg yolks for one minute while slowly adding the olive oil, as you would for mayonnaise.
Put bacon fat and parsley in a blender, combine to make a dark green oil.
When ready to serve, place a generous spoonful of the mayonnaise in the bottom of a heated soup bowl.
Add hot (or reheated) soup and stir briefly. Decorate soup with drops of the parsley oil, croutons and thyme sprigs and serve.