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Mushroom consommé

epicure 31 December 2014
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If you find the earthiness of fresh shiitake slightly overpowering, use dried shiitake instead. Their guanylate levels double when dried, boosting their umami flavour in this clear, meat-free soup.

Serves 4-5 Prep time 10 minutes
Cook time 3 hours

mushroom consommé
1½kg white button mushrooms
50g dried shiitake mushrooms, sliced
4 litres water
salt, to taste

garnish
button mushrooms, cleaned and sliced
enoki mushrooms, trimmed and split
shimeji mushrooms, stemmed
finely chopped chives

  • Place button and dried shiitake mushrooms and water in a large pot. Bring to a boil. Once it reaches a boil, reduce heat to a gentle simmer.
  • After two hours, or when liquid has reduced to approximately 1½ litres, remove from heat and double strain into a separate pot. Reduce for another 1 hour, or until you have 1 litre of consommé. Season with salt.
  • Divide garnishes among four to five serving bowls and pour consommé over.

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