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California Garlic Soup Fondue

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California Garlic Soup Fondue
From The Complete Garlic Lovers' Cookbook (Canada, UK)

This recipe offers an excellent way to use up any leftover champagne Better yet, open a new bottle and enjoy while you prepare this tasty garlic soup. By Beverly Szabo, Culver City, Calif.


40 cloves (3 to 4 heads) fresh garlic, minced
3 tablespoons butter
2 cans (10-3/4 oz. each) chicken broth
2 soup cans water
1/2 cup extra dry champagne
4 slices French bread
4 slices Gruyère cheese
Cayenne pepper
Minced chives


Sauté garlic in butter for 10 minutes, stirring often. Do not brown. Add broth, water, champagne and simmer 5 minutes. Toast bread. Ladle soup into bowls. Float bread on top of soup, sprinkle with cheese and bake at 475°F (220°C), uncovered, for 15 minutes. Sprinkle with cayenne and chives.

Yield: Makes 4 servings

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