Creamy Wild Mushroom Soup
Creamy Wild Mushroom Soup
Recipe and photos by
The Albion River Inn
Mendocino Coast, California
Whenever I return home to Mendocino, I have some rituals that I simply must do. . .
- Must drink Navarro and Golden Eye wines.
- Must eat fresh sourdough bread.
- Must have seafood chowder in town.
And, all of those items are just for lunch
And… Must have dinner at The Albion River Inn. Those are some of my homecoming “must do’s.”
The Albion is located right on the ocean and is both a wonderful inn with seaside rooms as well as an outstanding restaurant. I will say aside from the award-winning culinary delights, I have a sentimental attachment to the Inn as it’s owned by a family of a very close friend of mine. And most of my high school friends worked there at some point. One of them, Chef Stephen Smith, is now the Executive Chef and has developed incredible menus for the Albion.
I have a few favorite dishes that are also on that “Must do” list. This soup is one of them. In fact, any soup they make is wonderful. If you ever are fortunate enough to visit the Mendocino Coast – please add the Albion River Inn to your “must do’s” and I promise you’ll thank me for the recommendation!
Creamy Wild Mushroom Soup – The Recipe
Yield: 1/2 Gallon
oz. olive oil
small yellow onion, diced
leek, cleaned & diced
fresh fennel bulb, diced
carrot, peeled & diced
oz. Shiitake mushrooms, quartered
handful (3 oz.) dried Porcini mushrooms soaked in a little hot water
cup sweet sherry wine
- 2 whole bulbs roasted garlic,
- 5 cups chicken stock or water
- 2 tbsp. white truffle oil
- 8 fresh basil leaves, roughly chopped
- 4 oz. half & half
- Salt & pepper to taste
Roasted Garlic Bulbs: Cut tops off garlic bulbs so cloves are exposed, place in oven proof
dish and drizzle with olive oil. Roast at 400 ° for 20-25 minutes or until
light brown & tender. Set
aside until cool enough to handle then remove cloves from skins by squeezing or
Step 1: Squeeze
most the liquid out of the Porcini Mushrooms. Set aside and strain the liquid
Step 2: In
a thick-bottomed soup pot heat olive oil until hot. Add the onion, leek,
fennel, carrot, and Shiitake & Porcini mushrooms. Stir, reduce heat to
medium-low, cover and “sweat” for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Step 3: Uncover
and add sherry wine and peeled roasted garlic cloves. Increase heat to
medium-high. Cook uncovered until almost dry, about 4 to 5 minutes. Add stock
or water, reserved Porcini mushroom liquid, white truffle oil, and half &
half, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 45 minutes.
Step 4: When
all ingredients are tender, add the basil. Purée with a hand-held blender until
smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste. If using a food processor, or blender,
add small amounts of soup, cover food processor or blender top with a thick
towel, and pulse several times before turning on high so hot soup won’t splash
this savory and full flavored soup garnished with croutons & chopped
parsley or basil, soup hot crusty bread and a fresh green salad.