Smoked Gouda Peppered Bacon Mushroom Soup

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By Chris Desens, CEC, AAC, executive chef, The Racquet Club Ladue, St. Louis, a member of ACF Chefs de Cuisine of St. Louis Inc. Serves 4 Soup: 1 strip Peppered Bacon – julienned 1 strip Peppered Bacon – diced 3 T Unsalted Butter 1/4 C Yellow Onion – diced 1/4 C Celery – diced 2 C Mushrooms(Cremini, Shiitake or White Button) – trimmed 1/2 t Garlic – minced 1/4 C All-purpose flour 2 T Madeira 2 T Sherry 2 C Chicken Stock 1 C Heavy Cream 1 C Smoked Gouda Cheese – grated 1/8 t Fresh Thyme Leaves 1 Bay Leaf Salt & Freshly Ground Pepper, to taste Croutons: Clarified butter Crustless Bread – diced Fresh Thyme Leaves Shiitake Bacon: 1/4 C Shitake Mushrooms – thinly sliced mushroom caps 1 t Mushroom Soy 1 t Olive Oil To make Soup: Cook julienned bacon in large pot until crisp; remove with slotted spoon, drain; reserve for garnish. Add diced bacon to pot; cook until nearly crisp. Add butter, onion, celery and mushrooms; cook until mushrooms release liquid. Add garlic; cook 1 more minute. Stir in flour; make roux. Stir in Madeira and sherry. Whisk in chicken stock. In separate pot, heat cream and cheese together; stir until cheese melts. Puree mixture in blender; fold into soup base. Add thyme and bay leaf; season to taste with salt and pepper. Continue to cook until all flour taste disappears. Remove bay leaf before serving. To make Croutons: Heat clarified butter in skillet; add bread cubes and thyme. Toast over medium heat until golden brown and crisp. To make Shiitake Bacon: Preheat oven to 250°F. Combine mushrooms, soy and olive oil; toss to coat. Lay mushroom pieces out on baking rack; bake until crisp. To Finish and Serve: Ladle soup into bowls; garnish with reserved julienned bacon, croutons and shiitake bacon. Chef’s Note: This soup is a nice variation on a classic and works well on a variety of menus. Beverage recommendation: Amontillado sherry or 2005 Brandborg “Northern Reach” Pinot Noir

Smoked Gouda Peppered Bacon Mushroom Soup

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  1. By Chris Desens, CEC, AAC, executive chef, The Racquet Club Ladue, St. Louis, a member of ACF Chefs de Cuisine of St. Louis Inc. Serves 4 Soup: 1 strip Peppered Bacon – julienned 1 strip Peppered Bacon – diced 3 T Unsalted Butter 1/4 C Yellow Onion – diced 1/4 C Celery – diced 2 C Mushrooms(Cremini, Shiitake or White Button) – trimmed 1/2 t Garlic – minced 1/4 C All-purpose flour 2 T Madeira 2 T Sherry 2 C Chicken Stock 1 C Heavy Cream 1 C Smoked Gouda Cheese – grated 1/8 t Fresh Thyme Leaves 1 Bay Leaf Salt & Freshly Ground Pepper, to taste Croutons: Clarified butter Crustless Bread – diced Fresh Thyme Leaves Shiitake Bacon: 1/4 C Shitake Mushrooms – thinly sliced mushroom caps 1 t Mushroom Soy 1 t Olive Oil To make Soup: Cook julienned bacon in large pot until crisp; remove with slotted spoon, drain; reserve for garnish. Add diced bacon to pot; cook until nearly crisp. Add butter, onion, celery and mushrooms; cook until mushrooms release liquid. Add garlic; cook 1 more minute. Stir in flour; make roux. Stir in Madeira and sherry. Whisk in chicken stock. In separate pot, heat cream and cheese together; stir until cheese melts. Puree mixture in blender; fold into soup base. Add thyme and bay leaf; season to taste with salt and pepper. Continue to cook until all flour taste disappears. Remove bay leaf before serving. To make Croutons: Heat clarified butter in skillet; add bread cubes and thyme. Toast over medium heat until golden brown and crisp. To make Shiitake Bacon: Preheat oven to 250°F. Combine mushrooms, soy and olive oil; toss to coat. Lay mushroom pieces out on baking rack; bake until crisp. To Finish and Serve: Ladle soup into bowls; garnish with reserved julienned bacon, croutons and shiitake bacon. Chef’s Note: This soup is a nice variation on a classic and works well on a variety of menus. Beverage recommendation: Amontillado sherry or 2005 Brandborg “Northern Reach” Pinot Noir

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