This week we are back to posting the same recipe on the same day for French Fridays with Dorie and I was thrilled to see the first recipe for 2011 was Dorie’s Paris mushroom soup (pp 72-73). What better way to get back into healthier eating after the holidays than with a big pot of homemade soup?
Dorie suggests serving the soup as they do at the Paris bistro, Les Papilles on top of a “salad” of raw mushrooms, chives, parsley, salt, pepper and a touch of crème fraîche which I will definitely try next time. Truth is, both of us are feeling not fabulous this week and a simple soup was just the ticket (I know – ironic – we spend two weeks in Mexico eating all sorts of food and don’t get sick, yet as soon as we return, we fall ill. Must be allergic to real life!)
I am a real mushroom lover – one of my favourite simple dinners when I lived in Paris was mushrooms, sauteed in a little butter on toast – and this soup is rich and flavourful without being heavy. There is no cream in there – it’s creamy enough. I used less broth and more wine (well….) but the creaminess comes from the mushrooms themselves which I puréed with my immersion blender (I have and love this one from Cuisinart, it did a great job on this soup – I saw a few people on the FFWD forums saying their immersion blenders did not do such a good job), leaving it a little chunky and setting aside a few of the cooked mushrooms to serve on top.
It’s not the prettiest of soups – I mean, it’s brown, right – one of the hardest coloured foods you can photograph – but by golly it tasted good :-) Another winner – thanks Dorie, just what our tummies needed this week!
A few people have asked for recipes from my French Fridays with Dorie entries. The group does not publish the recipes on our blogs, rather, we would prefer it if you would purchase the book yourselves (trust me, you definitely want this book!) which you can do here on Amazon (great price right now) or here on Amazon Canada (it’s also on special!). Go on, treat yourself join us in 2011!