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Garlic Soup, Lithuanian (M, TNT)
Source: Lithuanian cookbook
Serves: 4

6 cloves garlic
1 tbsp. salt
8 cups beef broth
1 tsp. crushed caraway seed
2 medium potatoes, diced
1 tsp. marjoram
2 tbsp. margarine
1/2 tsp. chopped fresh ginger
salt & pepper to taste
4 slices dark rye bread
2 tbsp. fresh parsley, for garnish

Mash garlic with salt. Place in a large pot, with the broth. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer.

Add caraway, potatoes, marjoram, margarine, and ginger. Simmer uncovered, until potatoes are tender, about 15 minutes. Add more salt if needed, and pepper to taste.

Fry bread in margarine until golden brown. Place a slice in each soup bowl and ladle soup over. Sprinkle with parsley and serve immediately.

Poster's Notes:
I would be remiss if I did not include this recipe in any good collection of garlic soups. When my stepson came to live with us he raved about his Lithuanian maternal grandmother's cooking. This is NOT her recipe (she keeps those close to her heart and he says he may stand to inherit, in which case he'll need to learn to read Lithuanian, apparently) but he says it's a pretty close approximation. I found it in a cookbook at the library (where else?) which appears to have been put together by a Lithuanian tourism council of some kind.

Posted by Gypsy/Phyllis Wilson

Nutritional Info Per Serving: N/A