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      RECIPE TITLE "Roasted Garlic-White Bean Soup with White Bean-Prosciutto Galettes " from the book The Kitchen Sessions with Charlie Trotter, Copyright 1999

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    yields4 servings time-- difficultymoderate


    • 3 bulbs garlic, cloves separated and peeled
    • 4 cups chicken stock
    • 4 cups cooked white beans (such as cannellini or navy beans)
    • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves
    • Salt and pepper
    • 1/2 pound thinly sliced prosciutto, fat trimmed, meat julienned
    • 2 tablespoons butter.


    1. To prepare the garlic: Simmer the garlic in the stock for 45 minutes, or until soft. Drain the garlic, reserving the stock and garlic separately.
    2. To prepare the beans: Purée the white beans with three quarters of the garlic until smooth. Place one cup of the purée in a small bowl and fold in the parsley. Season to taste with salt and pepper and refrigerate for 1 hour.
    3. To prepare the soup: Add the reserved cooking liquid to the remaining white bean purée and blend until fully incorporated. Return the soup to a saucepan and warm over medium heat. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
    4. To prepare the galettes: Fold one third of the prosciutto into the chilled white bean purée. Fill four 2-inch-diameter by 1-inch-high molds with the bean purée. Place the butter in a hot sauté pan over medium heat and add the molds. Cook for 2 minutes, until the bottoms are golden brown. Turn the molds, cook for 1 minute on the other side, and carefully remove the molds from the cakes. Cook for 2 more minutes, or until the cakes are golden brown.
    5. Assembly -- Place some of the prosciutto on the center of each shallow bowl and top with a galette. Mound the remaining prosciutto on top of the galettes. Carefully ladle the soup into the bowls. Sprinkle the remaining garlic cloves around the bowls and top with freshly ground black pepper.
    6. Wine Notes -- The smokiness of a white Burgundy from Chassagne-Montrachet will balance perfectly with the rich, sweet, earthiness of white beans, but still allow the sweet flavor of the roasted garlic to shine through. Ramonet or Colin-Deleger both produce wines that will blend seamlessly with this dish.

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