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    Sopa de ajo with ibérico pork cheek, sour cream and crispy serrano ham

    • Serves 6 people
    • Complexity Easy
    Prep time
    5 mins
    Cook time
    30 mins
    Total time
    35 mins
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    • 150g serrano ham, cut into fine strips
    • 10 garlic cloves, finely chopped
    • ½ tsp of dried chilli flakes
    • 8 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil
    • 300g stale country bread, cut into small cubes
    • 1 tbsp sweet smoked paprika
    • 2 litres hot chicken stock
    • 6 braised ibérico pork cheeks, see recipe here
    • Sour cream
    • 2 tbsp of finely chopped flat-leaf parsley
    • Salt to taste


    Take a classic sopa de ajo to another level by adding some slowly braised pork cheeks, sour cream and crispy serrano ham. The shredded pork cheeks work well with the earthy flavour of the sopa de ajo, whilst the silky sour cream provides freshness and creaminess against the salty ham. This is a full-on winter soup with no calorie target, comfort food at its best. Enjoy with a chilled glass of mencia red wine and some crusty sourdough bread.


    1. In a large casserole dish, heat the oil and fry the serrano ham strips until crispy. Drain and set aside. Lower the heat, add the chopped garlic and dried chilli flakes and fry without colouring for a couple of minutes.
    2. Add the chopped bread and stir well making sure you coat the bread in the flavoured oil. Remove the pan from the heat and add the smoked paprika to avoid it from burning, stir well until all the bread is coated.
    3. Add the hot chicken stock, bring to the boil, season with salt and simmer without boiling for 20 minutes. You will need to keep beating the soup up with a whisk to help the bread melt and help the soup thicken.
    4. Add the shredded pork cheeks and cook for a further 5 minutes.
    5. Pour the soup into six soup bowls, garnish each bowl with tablespoon of sour cream, some crispy serrano ham and some chopped parsley.

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