January 7, 2011

French Fridays Paris Mushroom Soup

Paris Mushroom Soup

Today's French Fridays with Dorie recipe was the Paris Mushroom Soup. With a base of 1 1/2 large onions and 1 1/2 pounds of white mushrooms, you might have a few picky eaters that bow out of tasting this soup, but I really enjoyed it.

The hardest part for me was chopping the onions, simply because I'm very sensitive to them and they make my eyes tear up and swell shut. Pretty attractive!

I used an immersion blender to purée the soup in the cooking pot, so that I didn't have to deal with moving hot soup to and from a blender. That went a long way towards making this an easy recipe.

I did make a couple of substitutions. One of my perennial New Year's resolutions is not to waste food. Once again this year, I vow to be better at using ingredients I have on hand and not let things get pushed to the back of the fridge to spoil. For that reason, I didn't buy rosemary, chives, or crème fraiche for this recipe. I subbed a bit of dried thyme for the rosemary and some sour cream for the crème fraiche. I also would have preferred to use all chicken broth in the soup, but I was caught in a pinch and had to use 1/3 broth and 2/3 water. Fortunately, Dorie's recipes always seem to handle spontaneous substitutions well.

Everyone that tried this soup liked it... I only had one conscientious objector abstain on the grounds that he doesn't eat "rabbit food." Next time, I'll serve it with a beef tenderloin and see if that wins him over.


Haden News said...

Yes I cry too when chopping onions!! Your picture of the soup looks great; it wasn't the prettiest but really made up for that with the taste!!

Beth said...

I to try to use what I have on hand but I just find that I buy more so I have more on hand...Go figure. Good trick for onion tears. Put your onions in the refridgerator and if you have time in the freezer 1/2 hr before cutting. Even just being in the fridge makes a world of dif. Enjoyed your post. B:)

scrambledhenfruit said...

I'm intent on doing the same thing this year- my freezer and pantry are both packed with food that I'm really going to try to use before buying more. (within reason, of course) Your soup is lovely!

Kristi said...

Is the book any good? The picture certainly look lovely!