Sorrel Soup, Served with Spring Onions and Prickly Mushroom Relish

April 26, 2012

Author Notes: During spring and early summer I cook this kind of soup with Sorrel and Nettle, which are very popular in Eastern Europe. Sorrel has a natural sourness and Nettle a ton of vitamins. Blanched, nettles will keep their emerald loveliness even after a good 15 minutes of cooking, which makes any dish visually stunning. Be sure to wear gloves when removing the nettle leaves from the stems. You will need a fair bit of sorrel to make this recipe, as it cooks down into a puree very fast. The delicious spring onions and marinated mushroom relish you can serve also with grilled fish, chicken or steak.Kukla

Serves: 6-8

Ingredients

For the soup

  • • 1 tablespoon butter
  • • 2 bunches baby leeks, if using regular leeks, white part only
  • • 4 garlic cloves
  • • 4 shallots, peeled and sliced
  • • 2 sprigs thyme
  • • 2 bay leaves
  • • 4 medium potatoes, peeled and sliced
  • • 1 1/2 quarts chicken stock
  • • 2 bunches sorrel leaves
  • • 1 cup nettle leaves, blanched and chopped
  • • Salt and pepper to taste
  • • Sour Cream or Crème Fraîche to finish (optional)

For the Relish

  • • 1 medium shallot, finely diced
  • • 4 spring onions, thinly sliced
  • • 3/4 cup marinated Prickly or any small mushrooms
  • • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • • Salt and pepper to taste
  • • 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
In This Recipe

Directions

For the soup

  1. Melt the butter in a medium soup pot over a medium heat. Sweat the leeks, garlic, shallots and herbs until translucent. Add the potatoes and cook for a few minutes. Pour in the chicken stock and reduce the heat to a simmer for about half an hour.
  2. Transfer to a blender and purée until smooth. Add the sorrel and nettle; then pulse the blender a few more times to mix together. Pass the mixture through a fine chinos or food mill. Season with salt and pepper to taste. You may add a dollop of Sour Cream or Crème Fraîche to finish, if desired. Serve immediately.

For the Relish

  1. Place shallot and spring onions in a bowl of ice water; soak 20 minutes. Drain shallot and spring onions, squeezing in paper towels to remove as much liquid as possible; transfer to a bowl. Add sugar, lemon juice, and a pinch each of salt and pepper. Mix in the mushrooms and spoon on the top of the soup as much as you desire. Enjoy!

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