Saturday, February 4, 2012

Wild Mushroom Bisque

Last summer, I ordered this Wild Mushroom Bisque at Zupas. It's fantastic and ever since, I've been determined to recreate it. I think this recipe is pretty darn close!
I found these dried wild mushrooms at Costco and they are perfect for this recipe. Anything similar to these would work great.
Wild Mushroom Bisque
4 c. dried wild mushrooms
hot water
2 T. olive oil
1 T. butter
1 medium onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
5 c. good quality chicken broth (I use either homemade or Swanson)
1/2 t. dried thyme
3/4 c. heavy cream
salt and pepper
Place mushrooms in a large mixing bowl and cover with lots of hot water. Let soak for at least 10 minutes. Drain (and reserve) the mushroom liquid, squeezing mushrooms of excess water. Roughly chop mushrooms.
In a large pot, heat oil and butter. Add onion and garlic and cook until soft, but not browned (3-5 minutes). Add chicken broth, thyme, mushrooms, and 2 cups of the mushroom liquid. Simmer with pot half covered for about 30 minutes. Pour about 3/4 of the soup into a blender and blend until smooth. Return to pot and stir in cream and salt and pepper to taste. (Add more mushroom liquid if soup is too thick.)I absolutely fell in love with this soup and I am dying to make it again. Enjoy!

7 comments:

  1. This mushroom soup looks quite delicious. Perfect for a winter day!

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  2. The texture of your wild mushroom bisque looks perfect. I, personally, do not like soups very much. However, I love mushrooms and I would definitely give your recipe a try. With winter not too far away, a bowl of warm soup would be a good way to start any meal.


    Mack Shepperson

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    1. Mack, I hope you do try it! It is so wonderful on a cold winter day.

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  3. I too am a huge fan of the Mushroom bisque from Zupas, and I searched for a long time looking for just the right recipe. I found this one right before Halloween and tried it for a dinner party. It was a huge hit. It tasted exactly like I remembered, and I couldn't have asked for an easier recipe. Thanks for posting this!

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  4. Hi this looks really good.. However since I am not a fan of dried mushrooms, can I do this with only fresh ones? If so how much would I have to use?

    Thanks for any reply! :)

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    1. I am wondering the same as Mia.

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    2. I've never tried it with fresh mushrooms, but I would try using 5-6 cups fresh, chopped mushrooms. Sautee them in a little butter or oil and season with a touch of salt until mushrooms are soft. Best of luck! :)

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