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Cream Of Wild Mushroom Soup With Cheesy-Garlic Croutons


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  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 cup chopped yellow onions
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 6 ounces shiitake mushrooms wiped clean, stems trimmed, and sliced
  • 6 ounces oyster mushrooms wiped clean, stems trimmed, and sliced
  • 8 ounces cremini or button mushrooms wiped clean, stems trimmed, and sliced
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly-ground black pepper
  • 1/3 cup brandy
  • 6 cups chicken stock
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 thin baguette French bread - (8" long) cut 1/2"-thk slices
  • 3 garlic cloves peeled, crushed
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons finely-grated Parmesan


Servings 8


Step 1

In a large pot, melt the butter over medium-high heat. Add the onions, celery, and cayenne and cook, stirring, until soft, about 4 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Add the mushrooms, thyme, salt, and pepper, and cook, stirring, the mushrooms give off their liquid and start to brown, about 7 minutes.

Add the brandy, bring to a boil and cook until glazed, about 2 minutes. Add the stock and return to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer uncovered, stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes.

Remove from the heat and puree with a hand-held immersion blender, or in batches in a food processor. Add the cream, return to a simmer, and cook for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and adjust seasoning, to taste.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Rub both sides of the French bread slices with the crushed garlic and place on a baking sheet. With a pastry brush, brush 1 side with the olive oil. Top with a fine sprinkling of the cheese and bake until the cheese is bubbly, about 5 minutes. Remove from the oven.

To serve, ladle the soup into bowls and top each serving with 2 croutons.

This recipe yields 8 servings.

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