Sunday, November 7, 2010

Boil Water Advisory


While navigating the most popular tab of Mark Bittman's How to Cook Everything app on my iphone, I was struck that the recipe at the top of the list was called Boiled Water. And it's most popular by a mile. It currently leads its closest competitor, Meat Loaf, by 806 votes!

I thought this might be a joke, or an internet meme in the vein of Three Wolf Moon. (Read the reviews of the Three Wolf Moon t-shirt on Amazon.com, if you don't know what I'm talking about). 

But, Bittman's Boiled Water is actually a simple soup; a variation of an ancient peasant dish from southern France. And it's remarkably satisfying, if I say so myself. And, I think I can speak with authority on this one since I am descended from peasants.

Here's how to make boiled water:

BOILED WATER

Ingredients

8-10 cloves of garlic, lightly crushed
1 bay leaf
Salt and fresh ground pepper
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
4 thick slices French bread
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 small bunch chopped fresh parsley


Instructions

In a stockpot bring 4 cups of water, the garlic, bay leaf and some salt and pepper to a boil. reduce heat to low and simmer, partially covered for 15 min.

Meanwhile, heat the oil in a pan over medium heat. Brown the bread, turning once for a total of 5 min.

Place the bread in bowls and top with the cheese.

Strain the broth into the bowls and top with the parsley.

It's as simple as that. Try it. In this case 1526 anonymous internet commenters weren't exaggerating.  

Best,

kh

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