Sopa de gato de Cádiz

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Sopa de gato de Cádiz
Sopa de gato de Cádiz
Servings:Serves 4
Calories per serving:178
Ready in:50 minutes
Prep. time:20 minutes (oven warm-up)
Cook time:30 minutes
Difficulty:Average difficulty
Recipe author:JuliaBalbilla
First published:20th January 2013
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I am not sure how to translate this as it literally means "Cadiz Cat Soup". I assure you that cat is not an ingredient, but it dates back prior to the 16th century before the introduction of potatoes, tomatoes and peppers into Europe, so the reason for its name may be found by delving into the past.

However, as well as not containing our feline friends, it is not really a soup. The nearest I can describe the texture is that of a moist bread-and-butter pudding.


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Ingredients

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Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 200 C/400 F/Gas 6.
  2. Place the bread slices in the bottom of a casserole dish, lightly greased with oil.
  3. Heat the oil in a saucepan, and fry the garlic whole.
  4. When the garlic is golden, add the water or stock and the salt.
  5. Heat through and pour it over the bread, making sure than the bread has absorbed it.
  6. Bake until the bread is golden.

Serving suggestions

Probably best served as a first course, but would be fine with anything that would normally have bread with it.

Variations

Add herbs or spices if you wish.

Chef's notes

You have to play about with this really as the amount of water you need depends on the type of bread you use. It is best to use stale, but good bread. If you have no stale bread then toast it lightly, without colouring. The less water you use, the better it is.

How much garlic to use is difficult to judge. Personally I think that 3-5 cloves is rather conservative. so feel free to include as many as you wish. I would suggest that you fatter cloves, which can be lightly browned in the oil, but which will not dry up during baking. Brushing the bread slices with additional oil before they are placed in the casserole will reduce the need for water. Remember you need to obtain a bread-and-butter pudding consistency.

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