Weeknight Cooking

Dinner Tonight: Latkes + Mushroom Barley Soup

January 28, 2013

Soup for dinner this time of year is a great idea. It's warm and soothing, but doesn't leave you feeling like you need to make an immediate trip to the gym. However, just a bowl of soup isn't quite enough. Here, we've paired a rich, brothy mushroom barley soup with ultra crisp, panko-coated latkes. The soup is quite simple, but needs a good amount of simmer time, so you might consider making a double batch while you're at it and turn this dinner tonight into dinner tomorrow night, too! 

The Menu 

Click through on the recipe photos or titles to see (and save and print) the full recipes, but we've also written you a handy grocery list and game plan below.

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Golden Panko Latkes with Sour Cream and Chives by micki barzilay

Mushroom Barley Soup by Berna

The Grocery List 

Serves 4 to 6

sour cream
dried porcini
cremini mushrooms
beef stock
pearl barley
fresh parsley

A long-ish list, we know! But nothing hard to find. And you've already got carrots, onions, celery, tomato paste, olive oil, salt, pepper, flour, garlic, sherry, soy sauce, and chicken stock. If not, you'll be needing those, too!

The Plan

1. The order of things this week is quite simple, and dictated by the fact that the soup needs to simmer for a little over an hour once it's assembled. So hop to it! 

2. Once the soup is simmering away, you can relax for a while. Power nap anyone? Or perhaps it's time for a cocktail? 

3. When the soup has about half an hour left, begin working on the latkes. Shred the potatoes and whip together your egg mixture. Stir together the sour cream and chives and set aside. 

4. Fry the latkes and serve the soup! Dinner is served.

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Miranda Rake

Written by: Miranda Rake

Miranda is a writer and editor in Portland, OR. She has a sweet, curious toddler, and is passionate about all of the usual things like farmers markets, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, and swimming in the sea. She hates leaf blowers and writing in the third person. Until recently, she owned and operated a small jam company, as is typical for a Portland-based millennial like herself.