Monday is Halloween. And what is more appropriate this time of year than a vampire slayer soup? Seriously, this soup will protect you on Halloween from all the scary monsters lurking around corners, especially the vampires…. With 52 cloves of garlic, you’ll also ensure people keep a wide radius around you! Now, you might be wondering why in the world would you make a 52 clove garlic soup. Because that is a lot of garlic. Well, research has shown that garlic can help boost immunity, increase antioxidant levels, and has anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties. That being said, I think I’m going to start making this vampire slayer 52 clove garlic soup every week, especially during flu season.
I have to get my flu shot by the end of the month. Not very excited. First of all, I hate shots. I have a remote history of fainting after getting shots….and one time I fainted after having blood drawn…. Shots are just one of those things that stresses me out. Secondly, it’s mandatory when you work at a hospital. I could elaborate but will leave it at that. I procrastinated getting the flu shot until the last possible day.
In preparation for the flu shot, I have been taking extra good care of myself. (Note that I have no evidence to back any of this up. This is just me being paranoid). I’ve been drinking kefir and kombucha every day, taking Vitamin C and Vitamin D, working out (crossfit, hell ya), drinking lots of water, trying to get at least seven hours of sleep, and am eating this vampire slayer 52 clove garlic soup.
This soup might be the key. It’s going to keep me healthy through the winter cold and flu season. Probably do a better job than the actual flu shot…. Inspiration for this recipe came from this post on Complete Health and Happiness. For more information on garlic, check out this article.
But to be honest, this soup really is amazing. I do love garlic though. Lots and lots of garlic, like I at least double the amount of garlic in recipes and when I write recipes, I write for the minimum amount. I realize that not everyone shares my love of garlic. But if anything, make this soup for your health… or at least to keep the vampires away.
- 26 cloves of garlic unpeeled
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tbsp butter
- 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1/2 cup fresh ginger peeled and minced
- 2 medium onions sliced
- 1 1/2 tsp fresh thyme stemmed removed, roughly chopped
- 26 cloves of garlic peeled
- 1 - 13.5 oz can of coconut milk
- 4 cups 32 oz vegetable broth
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Lemon wedges
Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
Place 26 unpeeled garlic cloves in a small baking dish.
Drizzle with 2 tbsp olive oil and salt.
Cover the baking dish with foil and bake for 45 minutes, until garlic cloves are golden brown.
When garlic cloves have roasted, remove from oven and let cool. Remove peel from cloves.
While garlic cloves are roasting, melt 2 tbsp butter in a large saucepan over medium-high heat.
Add onions, thyme, ginger, cayenne pepper and cook approximately 5-10 minutes, until onions are translucent.
Next, add roasted and raw garlic cloves and cook another 5 minutes.
Finally, add vegetable broth. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes.
Working in batches if needed, place soup in a blender and puree until smooth.
Place pureed soup back in saucepan and add coconut milk. Stir to combine.
Add salt and pepper to taste.
Serve with lemon wedge.
*As mentioned by several comments, cooking the garlic does reduce it’s cold and flu fighting properties. To increase the antimicrobial effects of garlic, you can add some raw minced garlic at the end of cooking or let your garlic rest for 10-15 minutes after chopping to allow the allicin compound in garlic to breakdown to form a powerful antioxidant. And, I do have to admit that whenever I’m trying to give my immune system a boost, I do eat a clove or two of raw garlic a day…..just know that you will probably have garlic coming out of your pores! 😉