Really Wild Mushroom Soup
- 1/2 pound domestic mushrooms, washed and sliced
- 1/2 pound shiitake mushrooms, stems removed, washed and sliced
- 1/2 pound oyster mushrooms, stems removed, washed and sliced
- 1/2 pound chanterelle or similar mushrooms, washed and sliced
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 4 shallots, peeled and chopped
- 1/4 cup dry vermouth
- 1 quart skim milk
- 1 branch fresh thyme
- 4 whole garlic cloves
- Pinch freshly grated nutmeg
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- 1/4 pound black trumpet mushrooms, washed and torn into strips
- 1/4 pound enoki mushrooms
- Small bunch chives, cut into 1-inch sticks
Wash all the mushrooms in lukewarm water in a deep bowl. Mix the mushrooms well to loosen the dirt. Remove them from the water by hand, leaving the dirt in the bottom of the bowl. Repeat until there is no dirt. Remove the stems from the oyster and shiitake mushrooms, then slice all the mushrooms. Keep the domestic mushrooms separate from the other types.
Heat an 8-quart sauce pot over moderately high heat. Add the olive oil, the domestic mushrooms, and the minced shallots, and cook until the mushrooms are soft. Add the remaining mushrooms, and saute for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the vermouth, and reduce for 5 minutes.
Add the milk, fresh thyme, garlic, and nutmeg. Bring to a boil, and lower to a simmer. Cook for 30 minutes, then remove the thyme sprig, and season with salt and pepper. Allow to cool slightly, then puree in the blender.
To serve, reheat the soup in a sauce pot or in the microwave. Divide the tossed Enoki and black trumpet mushrooms into 6 equal portions, and place them in the center of 6 bowls. Pour the soup into the bowls at the table, pouring over the mushroom mixture to heat it up.