Mushroom soup

Christmas Eve dinner is traditionally meatless in Eastern Europe. That’s why mushrooms and fish are main stars of that day. My parents said this year was great for mushrooms so they picked some beautiful borowiki and prawdziki and dried them. I seriously wish you could smell them right now throught he screen.

Mushroom soup is traditionally served over Christmas Eve, next to other soups popular that day- borscht and fish broth but, of course, can be enjoyed at any other occasion. I like to soak dried mushrooms in the water overnight and add vegetables and the rest of the ingredients the next day. Then, the flavor is the most intense and deep. If you like mushrooms, you will go nuts for that soup! Even if you’re not a big fan of mushrooms, I still think you should try it.

I soaked dried muhrooms overnight in cold water. I placed them in a air-tight box and put in a fridge.

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I diced and fried onion with one tablespoon of butter and a pinch of salt.

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I peeled and chopped carrots, potatoes and parsnips and added them to the mushroom broth together with the rest of the ingredients. I flavored my soup with a bit of salt and pepper and cooked until vegetables got soft.

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Finally, I added sour cream to the soup. As usually, to prevent it from curdling, I added some warm soup to the sour cream first and then added it to the soup. Enjoy!

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If you tried this recipe and posted a pic or a comment use a hashtag #EasternEuropeanRecipes I’d love to see how it turned out!


Ingredients:

  • 3 cups of dried mushrooms
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 5 peppercorns
  • 3 carrots
  • 2 parsnips
  • 1 onion
  • 2-3 potatoes
  • 1 leek
  • 1 tablespoon of butter
  • A pinch of sugar
  • 1/2 cup of sour cream
  • Salt and pepper

Directions:

  1. Soak mushrooms in cold water overnight.
  2. Dice and fry an onion with butter and a pinch of sugar until golden.
  3. Peel and chop carrots, parsnip and potatoes. Add all ingredients (other than the sour cream) to the soup and boil until vegetables are soft. Try and add salt and pepper if necessary.
  4. Add sour cream mix with a little bit of warm soup to the pot. Serve warm. Enjoy!

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