Porcini-Onion Soup with Jarlsberg Croutons

Porcini-Onion Soup with Jarlsberg Croutons
One look will tell you that this soup is first cousin to the world famous classic, French onion soup. But look more closely (and take a whiff of the heady aroma), and some differences quickly become apparent. Most noticeable is the addition of dried porcini mushrooms, which contribute a profound depth of rich flavor to this soup.

4 cups chicken stock
1 oz dried porcini mushrooms
2 Tbsp unsalted butter
2 lb onions, sliced thinly into rounds
salt & freshly ground pepper
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/2 cup dry sherry
1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
1 baguette, sliced diagonally
1/4 lb Jarlsberg cheese, coarsely grated (substitute, Gruyere, Emmenthaler or other Swiss-type cheese)



Reconstitute the dried porcini mushrooms by covering with very hot water and soaking for 15 – 20 minutes, or until the mushrooms are soft and pliable. Strain, pressing down to extract as much water as possible. Reserve the soaking water and set aside.


Rinse the reconstituted porcini briefly under cool running water to remove any remaining grit. Chop coarsely and set aside. Melt the butter in a large heavy pan over medium low heat. Add the sliced onion and 1 teaspoon of salt. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions have softened slightly and released their liquid, 10 – 15 minutes. Remove the cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until the liquid has reduced, another 15 minutes or so. Sprinkle the sugar over the onions and continue cooking, stirring from time to time, until the onions caramelize and are a rich golden brown, about 30 minutes.


Raise the heat to medium high and add the dry sherry, thyme leaves and chopped reconstituted porcini. Cook, stirring frequently, until the sherry has evaporated. Add the stock and one cup of the reserved mushroom soaking liquid, taking care to avoid any sediment that has settled to the bottom. Reduce to a low simmer and cook for another 45 minutes.


When the soup is nearly done cooking, preheat the broiler. Place the baguette slices on a baking sheet and toast under the broiler until golden brown, 1 -2 minutes. Flip the slices to toast slightly on the other side. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with the grated cheese. Return to the broiler until the cheese is melted and bubbling.


Ladle the soup into wide bowls and float one or two croutons on top of each bowl.



Products suggested for this recipe:

Earthy Delights

2871 Jolly Road

Okemos MI 48864

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