The other day my sister and her boyfriend, Rob, brought me some fresh oyster mushrooms that Rob had foraged and gathered. I have to admit that at first I was skeptical to try them, until I learned that their friend, Beth, a certified mushroom expert, had approved them for consumption. How cool to have a source for fresh mushrooms, at least as long as they grow!
Mushrooms are a great source of vegetable protein, potassium and iron, and are packed with B vitamins. Oyster mushrooms are mild and have a sweet, woodsy taste. Nancy had asked if I had any good mushroom soup recipes, so I knew that was what I would make with some of these oyster ‘shrooms. Since it is winter, I wanted a creamy soup, so after looking at several recipes I came up with this tasty version, which, by the way, is Lexi approved!
If you don’t have access to fresh oyster mushrooms, no worries. I’m sure you can easily substitute other types found in your grocery store’s produce department. In addition, you can keep this soup meatless, or kick it up some and garnish it with crispy bacon. Your choice!
- 4-5 slices of bacon (optional)
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 1 cup sweet onion, diced small
- 4-5 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 pound of oyster mushrooms, cut into bite-sized pieces
- ¼ cup all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon smoked Spanish paprika
- 4 cups vegetable broth
- 2 teaspoons dried dill weed
- 2 tablespoons cream sherry
- Kosher salt to taste
- Fresh ground pepper to taste
- ¾ cup of light sour cream
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- Fresh chives, for garnish
Cook the bacon until it is nice and crispy, drain on a paper towel, and crumble it once it’s cool enough to handle.
Melt the butter in a large pot (love my Rockcrok® for this!) Add the onion and garlic and sauté for a couple of minutes.Add the mushrooms and cook over medium heat, until all of the juices have evaporated, about 15 or 20 minutes. You will want to occasionally stir them.
Stir in the flour and paprika and cook for a few minutes.
Add the broth, dill weed, sherry, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes.
Mix in the sour cream and lemon juice, and remove from the heat. Taste to see if you need to add more salt or pepper.
Garnish with some of the crumbled bacon and fresh chives.
Or, leave off the bacon for a meatless meal. Either way, be prepared to savor each spoonful of this delicious soup!
Eat, drink and be merry!
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