AP Studios / The Day of the Mushroom

AP Studios / The Day of the Mushroom
AP Studios / The Day of the Mushroom
AP Studios / The Day of the Mushroom
AP Studios / The Day of the Mushroom
AP Studios / The Day of the Mushroom

The dirt of the forest floor leaves something to be desired, yet mushrooms are a study of visual treasures. Since Ancient Egypt, cultures worldwide have attributed mushrooms to super-human strength and even immortality. Celebrate the Day of the Mushroom exploring the unique aesthetic putting your funghi inspiration into cooking this earthy, creamy soup. Pick up a blend of cultivated varieties at your local market and hope for your very own mushroom powers.


Wild Mushroom Soup
4 Green Onions, trimmed
3 tablespoons Butter
1 pound Mixed Mushrooms, sliced (Crimini, Button, Oyster, Shitake, Chanterelle or Morel)
3 1/2 cups Water, divided
1 cup Sour Cream, plus more for garnish
Salt and Ground Black Pepper to taste
1/8 teaspoon ground Nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground Cayenne Pepper

Thinly slice the green onion and reserve 3 tablespoons for garnish. Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the remaining green onions and cook until soft (about 3 minutes). Add the mushrooms, 1/2 cup water and salt to taste. Bring to a boil, cover and simmer until mushrooms are tender (about 10 minutes).

Uncover and add the remaining 3 cups water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to simmer and cook an additional 20 minutes; remove from heat. Remove 1 cup mushrooms with a slotted spoon and set aside. Stir in the sour cream and puree the soup with an immersion blender (or transfer to a blender in batches, puree and return to pot.) Add reserved mushrooms, season with salt, pepper, nutmeg and cayenne, and stir to mix. Serve dolloped with sour cream and sprinkled with the reserved green onion.

Makes 6 servings

About the photographer: EJ Armstrong is the chief art and cookie addict at the Black Building. She has thirty years of experience in the visual world, making her the lead nagger, design junky and advice columnist. You can find her on Instagram @avisualist or see more of her photography here.

Posted By: EJ
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