Author Notes: Shortcuts are often wrong cuts, and not a route you want to take with wild mushrooms.....
Anyway, this soup uses a mix of French wild mushrooms - Kitchen Butterfly
Makes enough to drive winter's chill
- 300g wild mushrooms or shiitake/chestnut mushrooms
- 1 clove of (smoked) garlic
- 2 teaspoons butter (1 teaspoon for roasting mushrooms, 1 teaspoon for making sauce)
- 2 shallots, finely chopped
- 1 teaspoon plain flour
- 500ml (your finest) vegetable stock
- 1 teaspoon lemon thyme leaves, finely chopped
- 75g young hard cheese, grated e.g gouda, mild chedda, edam, manchego
- 100ml creme fraiche
- Piment d'Espelette, to taste
- Kosher salt, to taste
- Brush mushrooms to clean and place on greased roasting tin. Pop in a whole clove of smoked garlic and dot mushrooms with 1 teaspoon of butter. Bake for 8-12 minutes, or until just roasted at 180 degrees centigrade - don't bother preheating the oven! Remove from oven when ready and set a few roasted mushrooms aside for garnishing
- Heat the other teaspoon of butter in a large saucepan and add the chopped shallots. Saute gently and then add roasted mushrooms, stirring till the shallots are soft and golden.
- Sprinkle on flour, mix well and continue cooking. Stir well and let flour ‘cook’ so it loses its ‘floury/pasty’ taste.
- Add the stock and lemon thyme in and let the mixture simmer for 20 minutes, then add the piment d'espelette
- Add cheese and creme fraiche and cook for another 2 minutes until the cheese is melted and the soup is thickened.
- Whizz in a food-processor or blender till smooth. Adjust salt if necessary and top with roasted mushroom garnish to serve
- Combine leftovers with pasta to make a bake or use as a sauce on rice, with soft-boiled eggs.
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Mushrooms