Modern Mushrooms: Creamy Chanterelle Soup

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Foraged mushrooms are a mainstay of Nordic cuisine, so grab the nearest mycologist or hit the farmers' market or specialty grocer for chanterelles. These savory yellow mushrooms make a hearty, creamy soup that will make you forget all about buttons, portobellos or anything else you can find at the supermarket. Whip up a batch for the first course of your next dinner party in less than an hour, and wow your guests with this simple Scandinavian favorite.

Reprinted with permission from Fire and Ice: Classic Nordic Cooking

Modern Mushrooms: Creamy Chanterelle Soup
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  • 1 pound chanterelles
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped yellow onion
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 3 cups vegetable broth
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • salt and freshly ground pepper
  1. Pick over the mushrooms and wipe away any forest debris with a damp paper towel. Chop them medium fine.
  2. Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium-low heat and add the mushrooms, onion, and 1⁄4 cup of the parsley. Sauté until the moisture released by the mushrooms evaporates, about 6 minutes. Sprinkle with the flour and stir for a minute more, then gradually whisk in the broth.
  3. Raise the heat to bring to a boil, then lower the heat to simmer for 20 minutes. Stir in the cream, taking care not to let the soup boil. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Stir the remaining 2 tablespoons of parsley into the soup and serve hot.
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