creamy roasted garlic, chanterelle, and cauliflower soup with chanterelle "croutons"

The first local chanterelles of the season have finally made an appearance at the organic foods store, and so the poor folks who work and shop there were treated to my happy-produce-dance again. It's lucky I don't embarrass easily. Anyone who gets as excited over fresh vegetables as I do should not be let out in public, as at any moment I'm prone to bust out a bastardized version of the electric slide and, well, that just ain't pretty.

But these, these are some sexy morsels of fungus ...

I bought out their stock during my lunch break yesterday and spent an insomnia night with visions of this soup dancing in my head. The sweet caramelized subtlety of the roasted garlic brings out the earthiness of the chanterelles, and the chanterelle "croutons" provide textural contrast to the creaminess imparted by the cauliflower and potatoes. It's a simple, hearty soup that relies on the quality of the primary ingredients, rather than added seasonings and trickery, for its flavour, and in my opinion deserves a dance all its own...

creamy roasted garlic, chanterelle, and cauliflower soup with chanterelle "croutons"

what you need ...

1 small onion, chopped
2 medium leeks, thinly sliced (white and tender light green parts)
2 large cloves garlic, minced
1/2 lb. new potatoes, peeled and diced (approx. 1 heaping cup)
1 medium head cauliflower, florets and stem, chopped (approx. 6 heaping cups)
1 lb. fresh chanterelles, roughly chopped
4 large heads roasted garlic (instructions below, in case you need 'em)
1/4 c. dry white wine
3 1/4 c. home made, strong, salt-free mushroom stock
1/2 - 3/4 tsp. ground white pepper
1 - 1 1/2 tsp. salt (to taste)

3 medium chanterelles, sliced
olive oil spray
freshly ground pepper

what you do ...

Turn broiler to
400°F, line a baking sheet with parchment paper, and spray sheet with olive oil. Lay sliced chanterelles on the sheet in a single layer, spray very lightly with olive oil, and season with salt and pepper. Broil in upper-third of oven for 10 to 15 minutes, or until crispy and golden. Remove from oven and set aside.

In a large soup pot, steam-fry onion, leeks and minced garlic until onions are translucent, then add chopped chanterelles and continue cooking until the chanterelles start to sweat.

Add cauliflower, potatoes, and a few tablespoons of mushroom stock and continue steam-cooking until cauliflower and potato begin to soften.

Add wine, remaining stock, roasted garlic, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer, covered, about 30 minutes, or until cauliflower and potatoes are very tender and start breaking down.

ée soup using either an immersion blender or a food processor, adding additional stock if / as needed to achieve a smooth consistency. Taste for salt and pepper. Eat.

how to roast garlic ...

If you've never roasted your own garlic because you thought it was hard : get out your big boots -- you're gonna want to kick yourself.

Turn on your broiler at 400
°F and cut as many decent-sized rectangles of tinfoil as you have garlic bulbs to roast.

Remove papery outer skins of the garlic bulbs, leaving them whole. Leave the layer of skin directly enclosing the garlic cloves. Slice the tops off the bulbs to expose the cloves.

Place each bulb on its own square of tinfoil. Wrap tightly and place on a baking sheet in the upper third of your oven.

Roast for an hour, remove from oven, and let cool enough to handle before removing foil.

To get the roasted garlic out of its pajamas, it's as simple as squeezing the bulbs from the bottom.

To store roasted garlic just package in a tightly sealed container and keep in the fridge. I normally roast a boat-load of garlic at a time to have on hand (if you've ever had roasted garlic and tahini smeared on pita bread you'll understand why I do this ...).

Since this month's edition of the Go Ahead Honey - It's Gluten Free event is all about the seasonal produce and this soup contains local chanterelles, and local and organic garlic, new potatoes, and cauliflower, I'm submitting it for this month's round-up being hosted by Rachel over at The Crispy Cook.

I also humbly submit this original soup recipe to this month's edition of the Culinarty Original Recipes event, hosted by Lore at Culinarty.


VeganCowGirl said...

Your post was darn sexy! I am actually craving soup now and it is 7 43 in the morning here!

Great photos and thanks for the recipe.

- L said...

thanks, VCG. i'm actually having some for breakfast as i write this. anyone who says soup isn't a morning food doesn't know from awesome.

Rachel said...

That is one sexy fungi photo; talk about your food porn. And a mouthwatering recipe to boot. Thanks for participating in Go Ahead Honey, It's Gluten-Free. I'm looking forward to a rainbow of recipes in the roundup after Sept. 7th.

John Plummer said...


Holler said...

This sounds lovely. Roasted the garlic really gives it a great flavour!

- L said...

thanks holler, and indeed it does.

Lore said...

It most definitely deserves a dance of its own! Love your enthusiasm over fresh produce :) I use to rush back to my hubby and tell him the big news, then go back and pack some, then rush back to tell him about another one, come back...just like a kid so I completely understand :P
Thanks for sending your delicious creamy soup my way!

- L said...

Rachel: thank you, and thank you for hosting. I, too, am looking forward to the roundup.

Lore: so nice to hear others are as produce-geeky as I am. sometimes it's a comfort to know I'm not the only one when everyone else at the farmer's market is looking at me like I'm certifiable.

Usha said...

Very interesting soup..have never tried using chantarelle's in my soup before but your soup is tempting me to try this soon :)

Liz² said...

nice blog! I would certainly take ye up on drinking and general debauching, and *certainly* on produce dancing.

Which I've actually done.

Aaaand I want your soup. SO bad.

Liz² said...

strangely, I'm not a feminist per se. Not that I'm against the movement, I'm just not so much one myself (probably due to my *mom* being so heavy into it). Soooo I probably won't be at reBELLES (also I'm a total hermit). But if you wanted to grab a vegan bite sometime, I've never met a blogger and anytime's a good time to start. :D

Rachel said...

Thank you for such a beautiful entry in the Go Ahead, Honey, It's Gluten Free Seasonal Vegetables event. I have just posted the roundup.