CREAM OF MUSHROOM SOUP WITH PUFF PASTRY

 

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  • Servings: 8-10
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Ingredients

  • 2 sheets frozen puff pastry, thawed
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 8 cups chicken stock
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 shallots, minced
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 lbs fresh mixed mushrooms, coarsely chopped (cremini, porcini, portobellos and chanterelles)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/3 cup dry marsala or brandy
  • 1 cup cream (half and half)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chives, minced

Directions

  • Instructions:
  • 1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • 2. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • 3. Roll out a sheet of puff pastry on a lightly floured surface to a thickness of about 1/8 of an inch.
  • 4. Cut out 4 or 5 rounds that are slightly smaller then the soup bowls you will be using.
  • 5. Place the rounds on the prepared pans.
  • 6. Beat together egg and milk in a small bowl; brush the rounds with this mixture using a pasty brush.
  • 7. Bake until golden brown and puffed, about 15 minutes.
  • 8. Remove to a wire rack and allow to cool.
  • 9. Bring the stock to a rapid simmer in a large saucepan.
  • 10. Meanwhile, melt the butter with the olive oil in a large soup pot over medium heat.
  • 11. Add the shallots and saute until translucent, 2 to 3 minutes.
  • 12. Stir in the flour and cook about 3 minutes, stirring constantly; do not let mixture turn brown.
  • 13. Stir in the mushrooms, salt and pepper and cook, stirring occasionally for about 3 minutes.
  • 14. Remove from heat and whisk in the simmering stock.
  • 15. Return to medium-low heat, cover partially and simmer gently for 20 minutes; remove from heat.
  • 16. Puree the soup in a blender or food processor in batches until smooth.
  • 17. Return soup to the pot and place over low heat; bring to a simmer.
  • 18. Stir in the Marsala or brandy and simmer an additional 3 minutes.
  • 19. Stir in the half and half and simmer another 5 minutes; taste and adjust seasoning; remove from heat.
  • 20. Stir in the chives and ladle into warm shallow bowls and top each with a puff pastry round; serve immediately.
  • Serves 8 to 10

Notes

An elegant, flavorful soup to serve as an appetizer for your next dinner party or as a warm side to go with your favorite winter sandwich.

Categories: Bisque/Cream  Dinner  Dinner Party  Mushroom  Soup 
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