Famous Mushroom Soup

Chef Brian Luscher
The Grape Restaurant


makes 16 servings

2 1/2 lb button mushrooms, washed and chopped
1 large onion, small dice
2 cloves garlic, crushed and minced
1 bay leaf
1 sprig fresh thyme
1/4 c dry sherry (optional)
1/2 lb unsalted butter (2 sticks)
1c all-purpose flour
3q t beef broth or stock
2 c heavy cream
1/2 t ground nutmeg
salt and pepper to taste

method: In a heavy bottomed 6-8qt stock or soup pot, melt the butter over medium low heat. Add the onion, garlic, bay leaf and thyme, and cook until translucent. Add the chopped mushrooms and cook until most of the watercomes out of them. Add the sherry, if you like, and reduce by 1/2. Add the flour and stir well to avoid lumps. Slowly whisk in the broth or stock and bring to a simmer over medium high heat. You must continue to stir the soup at this point, or the bottom may scorch. When the soup comes to a boil, reduce the heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes uncovered, stirring occasionally. Finish by adding the heavy cream and nutmeg, and add salt and pepper to taste. Remove the thyme and bay leaf, and purée the soup either in a blender, or with a hand held blender.

 
 

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