Friday, January 7, 2011

Paris Mushroom Soup: French Fridays with Dorie

This week, all the FFwD chefs worked on the recipe for Paris Mushroom Soup.  I L-O-V-E mushrooms, so this is a recipe that I was excited to try!  Again, another fairly simple recipe and it was nice to have something warm & comforting to eat this week.  This soup reminded me of a mushroom soup I had in Moscow, Russia when I was looking for something to settle my tummy/nerves and the Wildflower Bread Co has a similar soup that I tried after having my wisdom teeth pulled this past summer.  Obviously, I go to mushroom soups when I want to be comforted!

One & a half pounds of mushrooms are sauteed with garlic & onions in butter. (Next time I might try a couple varieties of mushrooms.)  Chicken broth, herbs, & spices are added.  (I made mine without the rosemary this time around ... so just fresh parsley in my soup.)

A "salad" is put into each of the bowls.  My salads consisted of raw mushrooms, green onions, & more parsley.

I pureed my soup with a hand/immersion blender and then ladled it into the bowls on top of the salad.  We added a little sour cream to our soup.  I wished that the soup was a touch more creamy, so next time I might add some heavy cream to the pot when it's close to serving time.  Overall, I really enjoyed this soup and it's a recipe that I'd definitely make again and play with a bit.  Trying soup on top of the "salad" was a new experience but after trying the soup without the salad, I think I prefer no salad.  One other thing I thought about doing is making some sauteed mushrooms in a separate skillet and adding large, cooked mushroom chunks back into the soup after blending it and next time I'd definitely double the recipe!

I was trying to think of some sides or even a main course that would go well with this soup.  I think a hearty bread or a piece of baguette might be better than a soft dinner roll.  Another thought I had is something like a panini sandwich ... warm, crispy bread with melted cheese.  If I went the salad route, I'd go with something that has fruits, candied nuts, and a sweet dressing.

Want to see the results of other chefs?  Go HERE!

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Anonymous said...

I'm so stealing your idea of adding sauteed whole mushrooms to the soup after it's been blended! Great idea!

Kathy said...

Your soup looks so good. I really loved this recipe. I was a little apprehensive of the salad in the soup bowl, but I really enjoyed it.

Cher said...

Loved the pictures. A Havarti panini would have gone lovely with this?

scrambledhenfruit said...

Yum...that panini would definitely go well with this soup! I think I'll leave some mushroom chunks the next time I make it too. We thought it was delicious. :)

Elaine said...

Such great photos! Your soup turned out beautifully. Grilled cheese sandwich always goes well with soup.. :)

Steph said...

Your soup looks so great! Love the photos. We did have paninis with our soup and it was perfect!

Anonymous said...

Your soup looks great and I like your ideas for sides. I'm not much of a mushroom fan, but I liked this soup a lot.

Anonymous said...

I love your idea for next time ... adding sauteed mushrooms at the end. That would be great!


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