Green Garlic Soup Au Gratin

green garlic

Green spring garlic is one of the farm’s early bird vegetables. It looks like scallions but tastes like garlic!

8 stalks green garlic
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon + 2 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons butter
8 slices day-old bread
1 1/4 cup chicken or vegetable broth
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 cup parmesan cheese, grated

Cut and discard tips of garlic stalks. Thinly slice. Heat olive oil and 1 tablespoon butter until it begins to foam. Add garlic and saute 1-2 minutes. Reduce heat, cover tightly and cook 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Spread bread with 2 tablespoons butter; oven toast until lightly golden. Add broth to garlic, season with salt and pepper and bring to a boil. Ladle into 2 oven-proof serving bowls. Cover with toasted bread and top with cheese. Dot each with a teaspoon of butter. Bake at 450 F for 10 minutes, until cheese has melted and begun to turn golden.