Hungarian Mushroom Soup

Hungarian Mushroom Soup

Hungarian Mushroom Soup garnished with sauteed mushrooms and fresh dill served in a shallow white and grey bowl.

Hungarian Mushroom Soup

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Hungarian Mushroom Soup is such a nice take on regular mushroom soup. I find it more flavourful yet still creamy and loaded with mushrooms as you would expect from a mushroom soup. This soup gets its name mainly from the addition of paprika to the soup. Paprika is made in many parts of the world, however, it is considered the national spice of Hungary. Hungary is not only well known for the paprika it produces, it is also one of the largest producers in the world. When shopping for paprika, you will notice most grocery stores sell paprika with no indication of origin. This means it may come from anywhere, such as Hungary, Spain or Mexico. This common paprika will work fine for this recipe, so there’s no need to hunt for anything out of the ordinary. If you can find Hungarian paprika, consider it a bonus! You’re guaranteed to get the rich, red pepper flavour that it is known for. But even Hungarian paprika has a wide range of grades and variances. Whichever you choose to use, I do recommend using good quality paprika.

The other ingredient that sets this soup apart is sour cream. It is a welcome change from heavy cream and adds richness along with a little tang to the soup. I also prefer to blend a portion of the soup to give it a luscious, creamy texture. Hungarian Mushroom Soup is a simple soup with great flavour and body. It makes a lovely appetizer soup, but I like to eat it as a main course soup served with crusty bread or a chicken salad sandwich. Either way, it is perfect for the chilly months ahead. Enjoy!

Sauteed mushrooms in a stainless steel skillet, paprika and fresh dill in preparation for Hungarian Mushroom Soup.
Hungarian Mushroom Soup garnished with sauteed mushrooms and fresh dill served in a shallow white and grey bowl.

Author:  Compelled to Cook, recipe adapted from All Recipes Magazine One-Pan Recipes (All Recipes)

Hungarian Mushroom Soup garnished with sauteed mushrooms and fresh dill served in a shallow white and grey bowl.
Hungarian Mushroom Soup
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    6 cups
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    6 cups
    Hungarian Mushroom Soup garnished with sauteed mushrooms and fresh dill served in a shallow white and grey bowl.
    Hungarian Mushroom Soup
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      Servings
      6 cups
      Ingredients
      Servings: cups
      Instructions
      1. Heat 2 tbsp butter in a medium pot. Add onion and sauté for 3-4 minutes until softened. Add 1/3 of the sliced mushrooms, 1 cup of broth, soy sauce, paprika and dried dill. Cover and simmer on low for 15-20 until everything is soft.
      2. Meanwhile, melt the remaining butter in a large skillet until foamy. Add remaining sliced mushrooms and sauté over medium-high heat to brown the mushroom. Reserve about a 1/2 cup for garnish if desired.
      3. Using a blender or handheld emersion blender puree the cooked onion and mushrooms until smooth. Return mixture to the pot and stir in remaining broth. Whisk together milk and flour and stir into the blended mixture. Bring to a simmer and add sautéed mushroom, 1/2 tsp salt and pepper. Cook covered for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
      4. Stir in sour cream, lemon juice and additional salt to taste. Serve garnished with reserved mushrooms, fresh dill or parsley if desired.

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      Tomato Bisque

      Tomato Bisque

      Tomato Bisque with crutons served in a shallow blue bowl resting on a wooden board draped with a striped napkin.

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      Today’s post is a blog update on my Tomato Bisque. Because the weather is frightful right now in central Alberta, it seemed like the perfect time to do a little tidy up on this gorgeous soup. This Tomato Bisque is creamy and luscious, even with only a small amount of cream. It’s thickened with rice, making it a great gluten-free option.

      The creaminess and tang are the perfect marriage with crunchy cheese toast or buttery croutons. I won’t hesitate to say that when you make this soup, you will have tremendous satisfaction from your efforts because it’s so much better than store-bought soup. You’ll also have peace of mind knowing you’re feeding your family wholesome goodness.

      Traditional French bisque is made using ground crustacean shells and thickened with rice. The term is used loosely today and can refer to anything pureed such as tomatoes or squash. Most varieties are finished with cream as is this one. Enjoy!

      Tomato Bisque with crutons served in a shallow blue bowl resting on a wooden board draped with a striped napkin.

      Author: Compelled to Cook, adapted from Chef John of Food Wishes

      Tomato Bisque with crutons served in a shallow blue bowl resting on a wooden board draped with a striped napkin.
      Tomato Bisque
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        Servings Prep Time
        4-6 people 20 minutes
        Cook Time
        30-50 minutes
        Servings Prep Time
        4-6 people 20 minutes
        Cook Time
        30-50 minutes
        Tomato Bisque with crutons served in a shallow blue bowl resting on a wooden board draped with a striped napkin.
        Tomato Bisque
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          Servings Prep Time
          4-6 people 20 minutes
          Cook Time
          30-50 minutes
          Servings Prep Time
          4-6 people 20 minutes
          Cook Time
          30-50 minutes
          Ingredients
          Servings: people
          Instructions
          1. Melt butter in a large heavy pot, add onions, celery and garlic and cook on medium heat for 5 minutes until the vegetables become translucent.
          2. Add the tomatoes, stock, paprika, sugar and rice and cook until the rice is very soft, at least 30 minutes.
          3. Blend with a handheld immersion blender until smooth. Stir in heavy cream and season with salt and pepper.
          Recipe Notes

          I used homemade chicken stock and used 1 1/2 tsp of salt. The amount of salt will depend on the stock/broth used, so season to taste.

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          Turkey Pot Pie with Puff Pastry

          Turkey Pot Pie with Puff Pastry

          Turkey Pot Pie with Puff Pastry baked golden in a green casserole dish and garnished with fresh thyme.

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          I don’t know about you, but I think leftovers make some of the very best meals. Not only does leftover turkey taste amazing smothered in cream sauce all nestled up against veggies and potatoes, but it ensures that you’ve made the best of your bird with little waste. 

          Groceries are expensive and we all work hard to feed our families well, which is another reason I’m a fan of leftovers.  They’re great for repurposing into inexpensive meals.  Turkey Pot Pie with Puff Pastry is a great way to use up extra vegetables in your fridge, along with the leftover turkey.  Feel free to substitute the puff pastry for pie crust dough too.  They’re both great options, I just happen to choose puff pastry for this post. 

          Puff pastry sprinkled with flour and ready to be rolled with fresh vegetables and diced turkey in the background for Turkey Pot Pie with Puff Pastry.

          I’ve made this Turkey Pot Pie with Puff Pastry as a one-pan family-style meal.  It bakes up golden with bubbling hot goodness beneath.  It smells amazing and is homey and comforting.  As a child, I ate frozen pot pies, usually when my dad was away to give my mom a break from cooking.  While they’re no comparison to homemade, they emanated what I love about a pot pie and I secretly enjoyed them. I didn’t know any better and I had nothing to compare the frozen version to, so for me, it was comfort food heaven in a little foil dish. Nowadays I opt to make homemade and I hope your family enjoys it as much as I do, but whatever your homey, comfort food is, enjoy it! 

          A scoop of Turkey Pot Pie with Puff Pastry from a green casserole dish with serving bowls in the background.

          A scoop of Turkey Pot Pie with Puff Pastry from a green casserole dish with serving bowls in the background.
          Turkey Pot Pie with Puff Pastry
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            Servings Prep Time
            6-8 people 35-40 minutes
            Cook Time
            30-35 minutes
            Servings Prep Time
            6-8 people 35-40 minutes
            Cook Time
            30-35 minutes
            A scoop of Turkey Pot Pie with Puff Pastry from a green casserole dish with serving bowls in the background.
            Turkey Pot Pie with Puff Pastry
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              Servings Prep Time
              6-8 people 35-40 minutes
              Cook Time
              30-35 minutes
              Servings Prep Time
              6-8 people 35-40 minutes
              Cook Time
              30-35 minutes
              Ingredients
              Servings: people
              Instructions
              1. Melt butter in a large pot or Dutch oven until foamy. Stir in carrots, celery and onions. Sauté for 5 minutes until starting to soften.
              2. Sprinkle in flour and stir to coat all the vegetables. Cook for 2 minutes, stirring often.
              3. Over medium heat, slowly add one cup of hot chicken broth stirring constantly until mixture comes to a boil (mixture will be very thick).
              4. Add another cup of broth and stir until smooth and the mixture comes to a simmer. Repeat with remaining broth.
              5. Reduce heat to low and add potatoes, herbs, salt and pepper. Simmer, partially covered for 10-12 minutes until potatoes are almost tender (this will depend on the size of your diced potatoes).
              6. Preheat oven to 425°F.
              7. Meanwhile prep the puff pastry dough if you have purchased unrolled. Dust your work surface with flour and roll pastry to 13"x9" rectangle or large enough to overhang your casserole dish. Dough should be 1/8"-1/4" thick.
              8. Stir turkey and peas into the stew and adjust to taste with salt and pepper. Pour mixture into a greased 12"x8" or 2-quart equivalent casserole dish.
              9. Drape rolled puff pastry over the casserole, pressing the overhang onto the edge of the dish.
              10. Whisk egg and cream together in a small bowl and brush evenly over puff pastry.
              11. Cut 6-8 slits in the puff pastry to allow steam to escape. Bake for 30-35 minutes until golden and pastry is cooked through. Remove from oven and serve immediately.
              Recipe Notes

              -It's important to use hot chicken or turkey broth.  Pouring cold liquid into the hot flour mixture will cause the flour to congeal and you will have lumps in your sauce.  Using hot broth maintains a steady temperature of the mixture allowing all flour particles to become incorporated before the flour cooks.

              -Flour does not reach its full thickening capacity until it comes to a full boil.

              -Use pre-rolled puff pastry dough for more convenience.

              -Be sure to leave an overhang of puff pastry.  If you don't the stew will bubble up over the pastry, preventing it from cooking properly.

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              Almond Milk Chai Latte

              Almond Milk Chai Latte

              Does your heart or head rule winter?

              For those of you being in the upper northern hemisphere like myself know all too well about bitter cold winds, endless shovelling and icy roads.  This same blistery cold also brings beautiful hoar frost, sparkling snow, ice skating and snowmen.  I guess it’s all about perspective!

              Let your heart rule!

              Warm and comforting, Almond Milk Chai Latte appeals to the heart with its frothy top, myriad of warming spices and fragrant aroma.  It’s a simple way to forget the shortness of the days, snow removal and frostbite.

              It’s easier than you think…

              Chai is black tea infused with spices like cardamom, cinnamon, pepper, clove and ginger.  Some include star anise or fennel seeds, nutmeg and allspice. Each having their own unique flare.  I like mine with a little less clove but with a hint of sweetness.  The wonderful thing about making your own chai concentrate is you can make just how you like it. 

              Making your own chai mix is quick and easy.  It’s a matter of simply simmering desired spices and steeping them with black tea.  The concentrate can be made ahead and stored in the fridge for up to a week.  The concentrate merely needs to be warmed and mixed with your favourite milk or milk alternative for a warming cup anytime the mood strikes. Getting that perfect frothy top is easy too with the help an Amazon Milk Frother Enjoy! 

              Be sure to try the warming and boozy Blueberry Tea if you’re looking for something a little stronger to warm you up.

              Almond Milk Chai Latte
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                Servings Prep Time
                4 8 oz servings 15 minutes
                Cook Time
                20 minutes
                Servings Prep Time
                4 8 oz servings 15 minutes
                Cook Time
                20 minutes
                Almond Milk Chai Latte
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                  Servings Prep Time
                  4 8 oz servings 15 minutes
                  Cook Time
                  20 minutes
                  Servings Prep Time
                  4 8 oz servings 15 minutes
                  Cook Time
                  20 minutes
                  Ingredients
                  Servings: 8 oz servings
                  Instructions
                  1. Crush cardamom using the bottom of a small pot or metal measuring cup. Remove seeds and discard shells. Continue to crush cardamom seeds along with peppercorns, cloves, star anise, cinnamon stick and nutmeg until well broken down. It will take 10-12 good crushes to break down the whole spices. Bring 2 cups of water to a simmer in a small pot (preferably with a pouring spout) Add crushed spices along with ground ginger. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes.
                  2. Remove from heat and stir in loose black tea. Cover and steep for 10 minutes. Stir in brown sugar and strain through a fine-mesh sieve. Will yield approximately 2 cups of chai mix.
                  3. Warm and froth almond milk. Pour 1/2 cup hot chai concentrate into a mug and top with 1/2 cup of almond milk and a spoonful or two of froth. Sprinkle with ground cinnamon if desired and serve immediately.
                  Recipe Notes

                  -2% milk can be used if desired.

                  -you can grind the whole spices using an electric spice grinder as well, however, crushing by hand works just fine.

                  -almond milk or milk can be frothed using an emersion blender, by shaking, commercial frother, espresso machine frother or a mini hand-held electric whisk. You can find these items in My Amazon Store under "The Extras"

                  -the chai concentrate will keep in a sealed container for up to a week in the fridge.

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                  Rustic Potato and Sausage Soup

                  Rustic Potato and Sausage Soup

                  The new year is upon us…

                  Many of us are thinking of eating healthier, and I’m a firm believer that eating well and eating foods you enjoy should go hand in hand. Rustic Potato and Sausage Soup is guilt-free comfort food that’s loaded with kale and vegetables.  It’s a homey soup that’s warming and hearty with a rich tomato laced chicken broth, tender baby potatoes, Italian sausage and vegetables. Paprika, garlic, and fresh herbs give added depth of flavour to this rustic, chunky soup. 

                  Healthy potatoes, rich in potassium and vitamin C add fibre with their skins and a rustic earthiness.  Tender kale, also rich in nutrients, gently clings to all it surrounds for a wonderful spoonful.  It’s the best of both worlds, being hearty and comforting while still being healthy, satisfying, and full of flavour.  So even if eating better is not on your resolution list this year, you’ll still want a big bowl of this satisfying soup.  Enjoy!

                  Author:  Compelled to Cook

                  Rustic Potato and Sausage Soup
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                  Servings Prep Time
                  8 cups 20 minutes
                  Cook Time
                  35-40 minutes
                  Servings Prep Time
                  8 cups 20 minutes
                  Cook Time
                  35-40 minutes
                  Rustic Potato and Sausage Soup
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                  Servings Prep Time
                  8 cups 20 minutes
                  Cook Time
                  35-40 minutes
                  Servings Prep Time
                  8 cups 20 minutes
                  Cook Time
                  35-40 minutes
                  Ingredients
                  Servings: cups
                  Instructions
                  1. Over medium heat add 1 tbsp of olive to a large pot or dutch oven. Add sausage links and cook until golden and no longer pink, turning often about 15 minutes.
                  2. Remove cooked sausage to a paper towel-lined dish to absorb any excess fat. To the same pot add remaining 1 tbsp of olive oil over medium heat. Add onion, celery, carrots and garlic, sauté for 4-5 minutes until starting to soften and have sweat off some of their moisture.
                  3. Pour in chicken broth and tomatoes crushed with your hands. Add potatoes, bay leaf, oregano, parsley, and both paprikas. Cover and simmer on low for about 10 minutes until potatoes are almost tender. While soup is cooking, chop kale and cooked sausage into bite-size pieces.
                  4. Add kale and sausage to the pot and continue to cook partially covered for about 5 minutes until kale is cooked but still has some colour and bite. Season with salt and pepper and serve immediately with crusty bread if desired.

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