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Mushroom Veloute

This image courtesy of Joseph DeLeo

Almost any combination of mushrooms and heavy cream is going to be delicious no matter what you do to It, but there is one trick that works magic—puree the mushrooms raw and add them to the rest of the soup just before serving.

Makes8 servings

Cooking Methodstir-frying

CostModerate

Easy

Total Timeunder 30 minutes

Kid FriendlyYes

OccasionCasual Dinner Party, Family Get-together

Recipe Courseappetizer

Dietary Considerationegg-free, peanut free, soy free, tree nut free, vegetarian

Equipmentblender

Mealdinner

Taste and Texturebuttery, creamy, rich, savory, umami, winey

Type of Dishhot soup

Ingredients

  • 1 medium-size onion, finely chopped
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup Madeira or dry sherry
  • 1 quart chicken, vegetable, or dried porcini broth
  • 14 ounces fresh cultivated white or cremini mushrooms, rinsed and dried
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • ½ cup heavy cream, lightly whipped

Instructions

  1. PREPARE a velouté base by cooking the onion in butter in a 4-quart pot over medium heat, stirring almost continuously to prevent browning. When the onion turns translucent, after about 10 minutes, add the flour and stir over medium heat for 5 minutes more to cook out the starchy taste.

  2. ADD the Madeira and broth, whisk the soup to get rid of any lumps, and bring it to a simmer. Simmer for 5 minutes.

  3. PUT the mushrooms in a blender and add 1 cup of the hot soup base. Blend the mushrooms on high speed for about 2 minutes. Add a little more of the soup base if necessary to get them moving.

  4. PUT a strainer over the pot and pour the contents of the blender through it into the pot with the rest of the base. Add the cream. If you want the soup perfectly smooth, strain it through a medium or fine-mesh strainer. Bring the soup back to a simmer and season it with salt and pepper. Ladle it into hot bowls and put a dollop of whipped cream on each serving.

    SUGGESTIONS AND VARIATIONS

  5. This soup takes on a new dimension of flavor with wild or specially cultivated mushrooms. If you want to use dried mushrooms such as morels or porcini, soak a handful of the dried mushrooms in the Madeira or sherry used in the soup. When the mushrooms have softened, put them into the blender with the regular cultivated mushrooms.

  6. You can also use dried mushrooms or mushroom stems to make a mushroom broth to use as the base for mushroom soup.

  7. If you have fresh wild mushrooms such as morels, porcini, portobellos, or chanterelles, rinse them thoroughly and use them to replace any proportion of the regular cultivated mushrooms in the recipe. Save some of the whole mushrooms to decorate the bowls.

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