French Garlic Soup
24 garlic cloves, peeled
8 fresh sage leaves
5 cups water, with 2 teaspoons salt added
pinch of saffron
4 slices day old or toasted bread
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup Gruyere cheese
Place 22 of the garlic cloves and the sage leaves in a large
saucepan with salted water. Bring to a boil and simmer for 15 minutes. Remove
garlic and sage. Discard the sage and mash garlic with a mortar and pestle or a
fork. Return garlic to the cooking liquid, along with the saffron. Keep the soup
at a gentle simmer, with the lid on, until ready to serve.
Preheat broiler to high. Cut the remaining garlic cloves in half and rub each
slice of bread with it. Then sprinkle each slice with olive oil and some grated
cheese, reserving some. Broil bread until cheese topping bubbles.
To serve, place a slice of bread in the bottom of each serving bowl, pour over
the hot liquid and sprinkle on remaining cheese.