Saturday, 10 September 2016

Whitney In The Kitchen: Cream of mushroom soup with white wine

As you know, Whitney is a big foodie. She loves cooking it, eating it.. and having foodgasms! Due to the many requests she gets for recipes of various food pics, we have a new section on the blog where Whitney will be sharing her favourite recipes from all of her delicious meals (I can vouch for that!) So take it away Whitney!...

Cream of Mushroom Soup with White Wine & Crispy Garlic Bread:


Serves 2

What you need:

2oz/50g unsalted butter
1 tbsp olive oil
onion, finely chopped
5 cloves garlic, finely chopped (Feel free to do less, I am a garlic lover)
3 mushrooms of your choice (shitake, portobello and chestnut)
Sea salt and pepper
8oz/220g of white wine (I used chardonnay) 
7fl oz/200g of vegetable stock
2fl oz/50ml double cream and/or half- and- half 
3 tsp chopped fresh parsley
Freshly shaved parmesean (as much as you desire)
1 baguette or ciabatta loaf

Method:

1. Preheat oven to 190c/ 375f
2. Slice your bread in to quarters, brush lightly with olive oil and stuff garlic pieces in the bread.
3. Melt the butter and olive oil and/or truffle oil in a  pan and fry the onion and garlic until soft/translucent.
4. Add the mushrooms and cook until soft, then season well with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
5. Add the white wine and cook to reduce by half.
6. Add the stock and simmer for five minutes, then add the cream and parsley.
7. Let it cook for 10-15 minutes on a medium-low heat. 
8. Place your bread in the oven to crisp.
9. Once taken out of the oven, rub a raw piece of garlic on the bread for extra flavour (if so desired). 
10. Serve soup in in a bowl and garnish with shaving or parmesan, mushrooms and parsley alongside the crispy garlic bread for dipping. (Would go nicely with a drizzle of truffle oil as well)
11. Pairs nicely with a glass of chardonnay (preferably the one cooked in the soup). 

(Disclaimer: This is by far the most delicious and flavourful soups I have ever made and it's well worth making up a batch. Especially for this time of the year, nothing like warm soup and crispy bread on a cool Autumn's evening).



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