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Thursday, November 28, 2013
Simple Low Carb Soups I - Mushroom
This is based on about 250gm or 8oz mushrooms. It's
hard to be precise on the quantity, because I usually make soup when
the mushrooms have been left in the fridge or pantry too long and have
dried out, so they weigh less than when bought. If they aren't dried
out, they become a breakfast omelette instead. I make soup with leftovers as I don't like waste.
soup I don't bother peeling the mushrooms. If the mushrooms are very
dry, soak them in enough chicken stock to cover them for a while until
they are soft again; if not don't bother. Strain the liquid off and
Fry a medium/large sliced onion in a couple of
tablespoons of olive oil and a nob of butter until just starting to
caramelise. Sometimes I add a clove of garlic, but not always. Chop the
mushrooms roughly and add to the onions, frying gently. Cook briefly,
then add about a litre/quart of chicken stock (including any reserved
liquid) and bring to a simmer. Season with salt (mushrooms need a little
extra salt), grated black pepper and the secret ingredient: some grated
nutmeg to taste. Simmer for about half an hour; longer if the
mushrooms were originally very dry. I like some texture; before I use
the stick blender I strain out about a half cup of the mushrooms and
I blend the soup, not quite to puree, and
return the lumpy bits. If the result is too thick, add more stock and
cook it in for a little while. If it is too thin, simmer a bit longer to
reduce it. When serving add a large dollop of real cream in the centre
of the soup in each bowl.
The only significant carb content is the onion. That allows me to have a slice of buttered bread with it.
Cheers, Alan, T2, Australia.
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