Wild Mushroom Soup

This requires European Mushrooms…at least that's what I was told…will update if I get the right name for them….
  • 1 ounce of mushrooms per quart of water (which makes about a quart of soup)
  • .75 to 1.5 cup of heavy cream
  • 2-4 tablespoons of flour (depending on amount of soup to be made and how thick you like the soup)
  • 1-3 tablespoons of Vegeta
  • 1-3 tablespoons of butter
  • 1-2 bay leaves
  • Salt & pepper to taste (Vegeta is already salty)

  1. Check over the mushrooms to remove any dried debris.
  2. Cover with some of the water and let them soak for at least 4 hours, but best overnight.
  3. Measure the water to have the required amount and add any if needed.
  4. Put both mushrooms and water in a soup pot and bring to a boil.
  5. Lower heat add a little salt and very gently boil covered for 1.5 hours.
  6. Strain the mushrooms through a strainer and then separately rinse the mushrooms under running water to wash off any sand, tossing them every so often.
  7. Water from the cooked mushrooms strain thru a clean cotton cloth or several layers of gauze.
  8. Put the water back in a rinsed pot add the butter Vegeta salt and pepper and bring it back to a slow boil.
  9. (Mushrooms can be saved for making the filling for pierogis or noodles and some [or al] can be cut up into small pieces and thrown back into the soup.)
  10. While the mushrooms are still cooking, make a slurry with the flour and small amount of water (should be liquidy).
  11. To that add the heavy cream and mix well.
  12. From the pot remove 1 tablespoon at a time of the hot liquid and slowly mix into the cream mixture (add this way 4-5 tablespoons,- this is to prevent the cream from curdling when added to hot liquid).
  13. Add this mixture slowly into the soup stirring gently and bring it slowly to a boil.
  14. Cook 2-3 minutes more and the soup is ready.
  15. Serve with boiled potatoes or medium or wide egg noodles.
Recipe from Ursula Gabryjelski, who learned it from her mother Longina Lonia) Strokosz, who… Leokadia (Lodzia) Zawadka, who… Elzbieta Rozanska, who…???

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