Tuesday, March 1, 2011

LSD & Shrooms Soup: The real Beer and Mushroom Soup

This soup is the most intense soup I've ever tasted/made. It's for the true beer and mushroom lovers. Beer is the only liquid added in this soup, so the depth of the flavor is potent. I used LSD, hence half of the hallucinogenic name of this soup, short for Lompoc Special Draft from local Portland brewery New Old Lompoc Brewery. The LSD was chosen not only for its name and my obnoxious tweeting that Whole Foods sells LSDbut because of its roasted malty and smoky notes which pairs well with mushrooms, according to the Whole Foods beer dude who came to my rescue as I stared at the crowded lineup of Oregonian beers on stock. 

Since I was going for an all Oregon soup, I selected local wild hedgehogs and local crimini mushrooms. Hedgehogs have a sweet and nutty flavor with vertical gills. They are kind of creepy looking, but creepy is cool these days. Criminis have more of a meaty flavor, so the two shrooms combined made for a complex soup. 

The soup must be served with bread to sop up all the flavorful juices. You might even get totally jiggy with it and make Greek Yogurt Beer Bread to go with it. 

Mushroom and Beer Soup
Adapted from A Monastery Kitchen cookbook

6 Tbsp olive oil
2 cups mushrooms, chopped (save a few slices for garnish)
2 large onions, chopped
72 ounces or 9 cups of beer
2 eggs
4 Tbsp heavy cream
1/4 cup chopped parsley
Salt & Pepper
Parmesan cheese

  • Heat olive oil in a deep soup pot. Add the mushrooms and onions. Saute them lightly for a few minutes over low heat then add the beer. Turn the head to medium and bring soup to a boil. Simmer slowly for 20 minutes.
  • In another bowl, beat and blend the eggs and cream. Add 6 tablespoon hot soup to the egg mixture to temper it and blend thoroughly. Pour the mixture into the soup, mixing well. Add half of the chopped parsley, salt and pepper and stir well. 
  • Serve with grated parmesan. Garnish with remaining parsley and mushroom slices. 


Peter M said...

I've always loved mushrooms and this smoky descriptive of the beer is sold on me!

PS, very sexy photo of the soup.

Peter G | Souvlaki For The Soul said...

Interesting combo Anna! 9 cups of beer??? Is sipping allowed? As long as the mushrooms aren't magic...

tasteofbeirut said...

I know my kids would love this soup, especially my son; how interesting: 9 cups of beer! Wow!

JustinM said...

Have you tried the Deschutes Red Chair NWPA? I noticed it was on sale at Whole Foods yesterday. Deschutes is my favorite Oregon brewery but I haven't tried that one yet.

Dewi said...

I never cook with beer, sounds pretty tempting!

Banana Wonder said...

Peter - Thanks, I bet you can find some Canadian brews, eh!

Peter - Yes 9 and yes, sampling allowed. 9 cups is basically a 6 pack, fyi.

tasteofbeirut - That's a 6 pack! Your kids... I hope they are of age? ;-)

Justin - I recently tried the Deschutes Red Chair NWPA and it's stellar. I 200% suggest you pick some up while its on sale.... it's IPA - ish but more complex.

Elra - Go for it!

Medifast Coupons said...

Now this isn't a beer available to me hear in Ontario, how would you describe the flavor of the beer so I can see if I can try one that would give me a close to result in this mushroom soup.

Ivy said...

OMG, I am inviting myself over!

Helen said...

I love mushrooms! Hedgehogs are quite interesting looking 'shrooms. I have never seen them here in Ontario before. Are they indigenous to Oregon? I know my husband would love this soup, especially because of the beer.

Banana Wonder said...

Medifast Coupons - the beer is heavy with roasted malt nuances, and also a little smokey. I'm sure you can find some great versions up there!

Ivy - Come on over!

Helen - I am not sure where hedgehogs are originally from? That is a good wikipedia question. Hmmmm.... There are so many wild mushrooms here in Oregon, it's hard to keep up with them all.

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