Donna's Cisra (Chick Pea Soup with Sweet Garlic Toasted Bread)
Executive chef/owner Galileo Restaurant, Washington, D.C.
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- 14 cups
- 8 ounces
salted pork, cubed
- 20 fresh
sage leaves, chopped
- 2 tsp.
- 2 garlic
cup olive oil
- 2 dried
- 3 tsp.
- 1 onion,
peeled, finely chopped (1 cup)
- 1 lb.
chick peas, soaked
- 2 heads
slices white bread
peas in large mixing bowl and cover in cold water; soak beans uncovered
overnight. In a medium stock pot, combine olive oil, sliced garlic cloves,
sage and salted pork; place over high heat and saute for 2 minutes.
Add bay leaves, marjoram, onions and salt. Saute until onions become
translucent. Drain and add soaked chick peas and 14 cups fresh water.
Keep pot over high heat. Simmer over low heat for a total cook-time
of 2 1/2 hours.
Remove pot from heat and pour half of stock pot contents into food processor;
puree until smooth. Pour pureed mixture back into original soup mixture
in stock pot and mix well.
Take 2 heads of garlic with skins on and wrap in aluminum foil. Bake
in preheated oven for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and unwrap heads
from foil. Place small slices of bread under broiler to make bread lightly
crispy. Remove 1 clove of garlic and peel off skin. Rub baked clove
over bread, coating it lightly.
To serve, pour in bowls and drizzle a hint of olive oil over top of
soup, making a spiral design. Add coated bread slices crowned with whole
garlic cloves as garnish.