Here in Missouri, when the fall weather starts to change and there is a slight chill in the air, we call that soup weather. A favorite soup of mine for the fall season is mushroom soup. One local delicacy you can find on the hill and mountainsides in Southeast Missouri are morel mushrooms. These aren’t mushrooms that can be bought in the store-you have to find them wild. For tips for finding these mushrooms, check out this video. And if you want more information about this type of mushroom, especially in finding it in your area, check out Morels.com to find out everything you ever wanted to know about this type of mushroom.
However, you don’t have to have this unique mushroom to make good mushroom soup. Here is a great recipe for Mushroom Soup that can be adapted for any type of mushroom you have available:
One pound mushrooms, sliced
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 large onion chopped
3 tablespoons butter or olive oil
1 quart milk or soy milk
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon pepper (or more to taste)
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar or wine
Optional: Tablespoon of either sage or thyme
1 quart water
Sauté mushrooms and onion in butter or oil until tender. While this if cooking, mix together lemon juice, garlic, and soy milk in large pot-bring to boil. Add mushrooms and onions to pot. Reduce heat to simmer and add water, wine or vinegar, salt and pepper, and finally sage or thyme depending on preference. Have it cook for about 15 minutes, stirring frequently. Serve warm.
Whether or not you use win in this soup, think about pairing this soup with a great local wine or cider variety. There are some great Missouri wineries you can find out at MissouriWineCountry.com. A fun way to end this Fall meal is with Missouri’s own famous dessert of a Gooey Butter Cake. Helfer’s in Missouri offers orders you can pick up near St. Louis, or you can order mixes or cakes at Park Avenue Coffee online. The mushroom soup is so healthy and hearty that you can treat yourself to a glass of wine and some gooey butter cake without guilt.