No, since you asked, this soup does not contain actual hedgehogs - just mushrooms, potatoes, and a little fatty pork (if you wish).
As mentioned earlier, I do like to use salt pork in this soup. It's a mild and clear soup, so you definitely need a fat element. You can use butter for the vegetarian version. I actually made two pots at once - a veg version and a pork version, for my husband and I. The pork version is addictive, but the butter version is just fine as well, because the earthy mushrooms give the broth lots of flavor.
|If you're using mushrooms in soup, it's fine to rinse them despite popular instruction. They're going to get wet soon enough, and gilled mushrooms collect so much dirt when they grow wild in the forest that they are difficult to wipe clean.|
Chanterelle & Hedgehog Soup
6oz Chanterelle mushrooms
6oz Yellowfoot mushrooms
6oz Hedgehog mushrooms
1 C yellow or white onion, diced
3oz Salt pork, diced (or substitute 3T butter)
2 Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and diced
6-8 C water
To taste: Kosher salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder
1. Clean the mushrooms thoroughly by swishing in water and rubbing off the dirt and pine needles. Lay them on paper towels. Cut any dirty ends off stems and discard. Cut any long stems off the caps and slice them into rounds. Slice across or tear apart the caps into manageable pieces.
2. In a soup pot over medium heat, add the salt pork or butter. Cook pork, stirring occasionally for about 5-8 minutes until it becomes opaque.
3. Lower heat to medium-low and add onions to the pork or melted butter. Cook until softened, about 5 minutes.
4. Add potatoes, mushrooms and then water to cover everything in the pot by about an inch. Simmer for 40 minutes - 1 hour.
5. Add 1 Tablespoon of salt, stir, and taste. Season with more salt as needed, plenty of pepper and a few sprinkles of garlic and onion powders.
Serve simply alone, or with bread. Keep in mind, the flavor will get stronger when stored overnight - it's usually best the 2nd day.
|Misty will only stir for the pork version of the soup. She's never had pork, but her dog-sense tells her to go check it out the minute it hits the pan. Otherwise, she's happy to just stay all curled up.|