Wild mushroom soup feels so decadent to me. Wild mushrooms have tremendous depth of flavor and pair perfectly with thyme, rosemary, a bit of cream and wine. This combination is extremely warm and filling, making this the perfect soup for a cold winter night.
What's In it?
Creamy Wild Musroom Soup:
1 pound mixed wild or button mushrooms
1 pound cremini mushrooms
4 cups chicken or vegetable stock
3 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 cup minced shallot
2 cloves garlic, minced
6 sprigs fresh thyme or 1 and 1/2 teaspoons dried thyme
1 sprig rosemary or 3/4 teaspoon dried rosemary
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 cup Cognac, brandy, marsala wine or dry red wine
1/4 cup nondairy creamer, Almond Milk, or soy milk
1/4 cup chopped fresh chives
Frizzled Onion Topping:
1 large onion, sliced very thinly with a mandoline
2 cups milk or non-dairy milk substitute
2 tablespoons white vinegar
2 cups All Purpose Flour
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 to 2 quarts Canola Oil
black pepper, to taste
How Do I Do It?
Prepare the Creamy Wild Mushroom Soup
Separate all mushroom stems and caps, and set caps aside. Coarsely chop mushroom stems, then simmer in chicken stock, covered, for one hour. Strain mushroom stems from chicken broth. Reserve the broth and discard stems. Return broth to pot and set aside.
In the meantime, cut mushroom caps into a half-inch dice. Heat oil in a large skillet, and sauté shallots and garlic until softened, about three minutes. Add thyme, rosemary, salt, and pepper and cook for two minutes.
Add diced mushrooms and reduce heat to low. Cook gently until most of the liquid is released and evaporated. If using fresh herbs, remove thyme and rosemary sprigs.
Raise heat and add Cognac. Cook until alcohol is mostly reduced and mushrooms start to turn a little golden on the edges.
Add mushroom and shallot mixture to the strained broth and heat gently.
Add creamer and chives. Serve warm, topped with frizzled onions if desired.
Prepare the Frizzled Onion Topping
Place thinly sliced onion into a baking dish. In a small bowl, mix milk with vinegar and stir. Pour over onion and soak for at least an hour.
Combine flour, salt, and cayenne pepper. Set aside.
Heat oil in a large pot over medium-high heat, until it reaches 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
Take a handful of onions and shake off excess liquid. Coat with flour mixture and shake off excess. Fry for about two to four minutes until golden brown. Drain on paper towels.
Repeat with remaining onions. Make sure to keep oil at correct temperature for each batch.