Friday, October 30, 2009


Is it wrong to gloat when you’ve managed to find a rare and desirable raw ingredient? Well, as soon as we were back in cell phone range from our mushroom hunt, I called my family in Texas to let them know that we had found four bagsful of chanterelles.

“I hate you,” was my mother’s reply. (In case you’re wondering, this isn’t the first time she’s become nasty over foodstuffs. At least she didn’t threaten to sever all contact this time.) And then she retaliated, “I’m poaching lobster.” Who knew that the conversation would end with me being just as jealous as they were? Serves me right.

Cream of Chanterelle Soup with Wild Rice
Printable Recipe

3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 yellow onion, diced
2 stalks celery, diced
2 carrots, diced
1 ¾ pounds chanterelles, torn into bite-size pieces
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon tomato paste
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
¼ cup white wine
1 bay leaf
1 sprig thyme
1 sprig Italian parsley
¼ cup heavy cream
¾ cup wild rice
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper

Heat a large, heavy pot over medium heat until hot but not smoking. Add the oil and swirl to coat the bottom of the pot. Add the onion, celery, and carrots and sauté for 10 to 12 minutes, or until soft. Increase the heat to high, add the chanterelles, and sauté for another 10 to 12 minutes, or until soft. Add the garlic and tomato paste and sauté 1 to 2 minutes more, or until fragrant. Stir in the flour. Add the wine and simmer, stirring, for a minute or so. Add the bay leaf, thyme, parsley, cream, and 2 ½ quarts water. Bring to a boil and simmer, stirring occasionally, for about an hour, or until the flavors come together.

Meanwhile, place the wild rice into a medium pot and add enough water to cover by several inches. Add several large pinches of salt. Bring to a boil and simmer for about 45 minutes, or until tender. Drain.

Discard the bay leaf, thyme sprig, and parsley sprig from the soup, remove from the heat, and puree with an immersion blender until smooth. Stir in the wild rice and season to taste with salt and pepper. Ladle into bowls and serve immediately.

Serves 6 as a main course. This is a vegetarian soup. If you don’t have an immersion blender, you can use a regular blender but remember: never fill a blender more than half way with hot liquid. This means you will need to blend the soup in batches and reheat it before serving.


chriesi said...

What a lovely soup! Beautiful photos!

Ninette said...

Oh, I wish I had some of that soup! I love how your pics read very earthy and rustic. Nice job! Haha, and I love the one-upsmanship between loved ones.

veron said...

I hate you too. ;) Seriously, you are so lucky. Those chanterelles are gorgeous and deicious!

Anonymous said...

Ohhh, we're so jealous! We love chanterelles, too -- it's just as well they're rarely available where we shop, or we'd probably blow our food budget! Foraging food is great fun, though we're not confident enough with identifying mushrooms to eat anything other than sulphur-shelf without someone more knowledgable to confirm the 'shroom's identity.

When we make cream soups, we tend to keep them pretty simple: roux, milk, the star of the dish (asparagus, long beans, squash blossoms, etc.), some herbs / spices / salt / aromatics and, if it's a chowder, potatoes. This recipe looks delicious, though... if we ever have four bags of chanterelles, we'll give it a try!

kellypea said...

I swear. You are the reason I found myself purchasing a meager quantity of chanterelles from my market to the tune of $49.95/lb. two days ago. You sent a tweet out that you'd been gathering and I couldn't get them out of my head. The soup sounds divine! Lucky duck ; )

The romantic query letter and the happy-ever-after said...

No one likes a show-off but i love your blog, thanks for sharing.
All the very best.

Ninette said...

Hi, come on over to my blog and see your Over the Top award. While you don't have to feel compelled to give out other Over the Top awards, I just wanted to recognize how much I love your blog. Btw, I also have linked your quajillo salsa recipe in another post I did yesterday. :)

Lucy Vaserfirer said...

Thanks so much, I'm honored!

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