Ah, Czech garlic soup – the traditional Czech dish that’s definitely got plenty of “soup-er” power (sorry, I had to). This hearty soup is a beloved part of Czech cuisine, and it’s definitely one recipe you’ll want to try if you want to explore eastern European culture.
There’s something transformative about the combination of garlic, potatoes, and onion, enhancing each flavour and creating a simple yet flavourful soup. The garlic adds a distinctive aroma and character, and when combined with the potatoes and onions, it creates a flavourful and hearty soup.
What makes this Czech garlic soup unique is the fact that it includes runny egg yolk, creating a creamy and luxurious texture. The trick is to add the egg yolk at the end to create a silky and creamy element in contrast to the broth. The egg also provides creaminess, avoiding the need to add dairy.
Add a few drops of lemon juice for a bit of tang, adding intrigue and complexity to the dish.
-1 extra large onion, peeled and cut into wedges
-2 garlic cloves, minced
-2 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into cubes
-2 tablespoons olive oil
-6 cups of hot chicken or vegetable stock
-1 teaspoon of paprika
-1 teaspoon of caraway seeds
-1 large egg yolk
-Juice of 1/2 lemon
-Salt and pepper to taste
In a large pot, over medium heat, heat the olive oil and add the onion and garlic. Cook until they start to brown, about 8 minutes.
Add the potatoes, paprika, and caraway seeds, and cook for 3-5 minutes until the potatoes start to soften.
Pour in the hot stock and bring it to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium low and simmer for 20 minutes or until the potatoes are soft.
In a small bowl, whisk together the egg yolk and lemon juice.
Remove the soup from the heat and whisk in the egg mixture. This helps to thicken the soup and adds a silky and creamy texture.
Add salt and pepper to taste, ladle soup into bowls, and enjoy!
This Czech garlic soup is a classic of the region and is made with ingredients common in central Europe. Rich in flavour and bursting with garlic and traditional spices like paprika and caraway seeds, this soup is the perfect comfort food. With its creamy texture and a hint of tang from the lemon, it’s sure to warm you up in no time. Serve it with some crusty bread or crackers for a truly delicious meal.
If you’re looking to add some more Eastern European flavour to your cooking repertoire, make sure to give this Czech garlic soup a try! It’s sure to be a delight for people of all ages. And for other recipes with a similar flair, why not check out Hungarian paprika chicken and Polish pea soup? They all make for a delicious and interesting meal.