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Cream of Salsify and Mushroom Soup

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Category: Soups

 Ingredients List

  • 450 g Salsify ( 1 lb)
  • 2 Onions, chopped
  • 3 tb Sunflower oil
  • 275 g Mushrooms (9 2/3 oz),
  • -- cleaned and roughly
  • -- chopped
  • 1 tb Olive oil
  • 1 l Water (2 1/8 pints)
  • 25 g Butter (1 oz)
  • 25 g Flour (1 oz)
  • 1 1/2 dl Milk (1/4 pint)
  • Sea salt
  • Black pepper, freshly ground


Scrub the salsify in plenty of water, discard the ends of the roots and cut
into 1 cm (1/2 in) lengths. Soften the onions with the salsify in the
sunflower oil for 10 ... 15 minutes in a heavy, covered pan. Stir
occasionally to prevent sticking, as salsify is dry. Meanwhile stew the
mushrooms in the olive oil until they have given off their liquid, reserve
the liquid and add the mushrooms to the salsify and onions. Cover with the
water and bring to the boil; simmer for 20 minutes. In a heavy pan, melt
the butter, stir in the flour and gradually add first the mushrooms-liquid,
then the milk. When you have a thick sauce, slowly stir in the liquid from
the soup, add the vegetables and liquidize. Season with salt and pepper to
taste. (Salsify is a long, thin, darkly earth-coloured root, can be found
in greengrocers's shops in February, also available as preserved ; when
scrubbed, it is revealed to be white whithout an obvious outer skin. Also
known as "vegetable oysters" ~ some curiously salt, fishy flavour - or as
"poor people's asparagus")

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