Chanterelle Season On The West Coast
I've been cooking up a mushroom storm. Mushroom toasts, a delicious croustade, on salads and just plain with garlic butter but this wild mushroom soup is one of my absolute favourites. I meant to blog it last year but as usual, I always seem to have more blog ideas than time. Deep, rich flavour, this soup is classic for a reason but read through to find out how I get the best and most mushroomy flavour possible!
Early Fall Rains Bring Wild Mushrooms
I thoroughly enjoyed this summer and gave myself some much needed downtime. At the lake with my kids and family as well as some stay-cations up and down Vancouver Island. Our summer ended abruptly and with a ton of rain but the silver lining is the incredible mushroom season we've been having.
Chanterelle and Lobster mushrooms are prolific in our area and we tried three new kinds this year. Hedgehog mushrooms which we loved, Pigs Ear that were so-so for us, and Puffballs which were a collective yuck in our house, any of you like them? We also love morels in the spring but these are usually much harder to find, for us anyway. I have lots of mushroom recipes because they are one of my absolute favourite ingredients. Check out my Cauliflower Mushroom Gratin or my Wild Mushroom Lentil Stew too!
The Secret Ingredient
What makes this mushroom soup different than others is that the mushrooms are pureed with a secret ingredient for the body of the soup. A small amount of this amazing flavour bomb enriches and deepens the flavour and makes this stand out from every other mushroom soup you've likely ever tried.
What's the secret ingredient? Porcini mushroom powder! Just pop a small bag of the dried porcini (usually ½ oz or 1 oz bags at grocery store) into a small blender or food processor and pulse until mostly powdery with only a few small pieces remaining. This mushroom powder is absolutely delicious in gravy or to kick up the depth and umami of many vegetarian dishes. I pop the leftover powder back in the bag and keep it handy, adding it in often to my cooking.
Welcome to soup season my friends!!!
West Coast Wild Mushroom Soup
- 1 tbsp Olive Oil
- 5 c Mixed Wild Mushrooms, diced About 1 lb
- 1 ½ c Onion, diced
- 1 tbsp Thyme Sprigs or ½ tsp dried
- 1 Bay Leaf
- 1 tbsp Porcini Powder Dried porcini mushrooms ground finely in blender or food processor.
- 3 tbsp Butter
- ⅓ c Flour
- 4 c Chicken Broth or vegetable broth
- ¼ c Dry White Wine Unoaked
- 1 c Heavy Cream
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- Parsley and Thyme to garnish
- Heat oil on medium in a mid-sized pot, then add onion and saute until translucent. Add mushrooms, thyme, bay and porcini, sprinkle with a pinch of salt and saute until starting to brown lightly. Remove ½ cup of these mushrooms to a bowl and save for garnish.
- Turn heat to low, push mushrooms to side of pan and add butter to other side to melt. Once melted, add flour, stir and cook until lightly bubbling. Add broth and wine and stir vigorously to prevent lumps. Simmer 15-20 minutes, stirring frequently, remove herb sprigs and puree with an immersion blender (or in a regular blender very carefully).
- Add cream, reserving 2 tbsp if desired for garnish, then season to taste with salt and pepper. Turn off heat as soon as soup cream is heated and pour into bowls, garnishing with herbs, reserved mushrooms and additional cream if desired.