GOLDEN WILD MUSHROOM SOUP
14 g (0.5 oz) package dried porcini mushrooms
2 tbsp (30 ml) olive oil
6 cups (1.5 L) cleaned, sliced assorted wild mushrooms
½ red onion, peeled and finely diced
2 large garlic cloves, minced
¼ cup (60 ml) fresh thyme
¼ tsp (1 ml) sea salt, plus extra to taste
2 tbsp (30 ml) cognac
4 cups (1 L) beef stock
1 tbsp (15 ml) tomato paste
2 tbsp (30 ml) crème fraîche
1 tbsp (15 ml) minced flat-leaf parsley
2 tsp (10 ml) fresh lemon juice
freshly ground black pepper to taste
truffle oil (optional)
- Add porcini mushrooms to a small bowl,
- Heat oil in medium-sized heavybottomed saucepan. Add freshly sliced mushrooms and stir over high heat. Add onion, garlic, thyme and salt. Chop porcini and add, reserving liquid. Stir over high heat for a minute, then add cognac to deglaze pan. Add porcini liquid, straining out grit. Reduce heat to medium, continue cooking for 3 to 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until moisture evaporates.
- Stir in stock and tomato paste. Bring to boil. Cover, with lid ajar, simmer for 20 minutes. Stir in parsley and lemon juice. Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Ladel into bowls and dollop with crème fraîche. Dot with truffle oil, if desired. For a creamier soup, strain out ½ cup (125 ml) mushrooms, set aside. Purée soup in blender. Serve with reserved mushrooms as garnish.