Porcini Chestnut Soup Recipe

Executive Chef Jeff Jackson
About: This delicious soup provides a brilliant harmony of the rich, timeless flavors of chestnuts, sherry and porcini. As always, this dish works best with fresh ingredients. A lighter bodied pinot noir would make an ideal wine pairing for this ambrosial treat.

Recipe Info

Restaurant: A.R. Valentien | San Diego

Servings: 8
Prep Time: 1 hour(s)
Cuisine: California
Meal Type: Dinner
Main Ingredient: mushrooms
Dish Type: Soup
Cooking Method: Sauté
Season/Occasion: Any Occasion
Dificulty: Moderate
Vegetarian: No

Directions

Recipe

Thaw the porcini mushrooms, then squeeze out the juices and reserve. Meanwhile, roast the chestnuts in the oven until golden. Using a large pot, saute the fennel and onions. Once they are tender, add in the porcini mushroom juice. 

In a separate saute pan, saute the cremini mushrooms on medium high heat until brown. Add the porcini mushrooms and saute until the porcinis begin to color. Turn the heat to low and add the sherry. Cook until almost dry. 

Add the mushrooms, chestnuts, and bay leaf to the onion and fennel pot. Cover with chicken stock. Bring to a simmer and cook for 15-20 minutes. Puree in a blender and pass through a chinois (fine sieve). 

Saute the bacon until crispy. Remove from pan (reserving the fat) and chop. Add diced apples to the bacon fat pan and cook until golden brown. 

 

TO SERVE

Pour the soup into hot bowls. Garnish with sauteed apples, bacon and a little bacon fat. 

 

 

Ingredients

1/2 each Bulb Fennel 1/2 each Onion, diced 1 lb. Frozen Porcini Mushrooms 2 C. Sliced Cremini Mushroom 1/2 lb. Frozen Chestnut (shell removed) 1 C. Dry Sherry 1 each Bay Leaf 1 qt. Chicken Stock 1 each Apple, peeled and small diced 5 slice(s) Bacon

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