Thanks, Karena, for a great soup recipe. I liked it enough to rate 5 stars but ended up making tweaks. To avoid being admonished, I made the recipe as close as possible to as written as I could except I made the roux in a separate pan and added it just before the 21% fat cream (half and half is not very common in Germany). The result was nice, and WAY better than any canned stuff you get off the shelf. This recipe was easy, not too time consuming and was genuine, not processed. BTW: Cooking the onions and mushrooms in the broth makes it easier to multitask in the kitchen, helpful when cooking a full meal or preparing for guests. Sauteing may be a good option but requires more oversight.
However good the baseline soup was, I had to tweak from there to put my personality into it. I doubled the salt, pepper, sherry, and thyme, then added a pinch of cayenne and one tsp of garlic powder, but that wasn't quite enough for my palate. I then added one tsp of Maggi seasoning (European soy sauce, available at most large supermarkets) and that took the soup over the top. If I would have thought about the Maggi sooner, I would not have added the second tsp of salt, though, as it made it a bit salty.
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Thanks, Karena, for a great soup recipe. I liked it enough to rate 5 stars but ended up...