Cream of Crab & Mushroom Soup 

Soup is indeed good food. It can be a light lunch or supper or a hearty dinner served with a green salad and crusty bread for mopping up the yummy creaminess. This soup is quick and easy. I like my soup a little chunky with pieces of mushrooms and crab. For this recipe, the mushrooms are the star, so save the jumbo lump crab for another day. Crab claws or lump crab works just fine for this recipe. I also like to mix my mushrooms. Try a mix of creamini, white and oyster mushrooms for a flavor treat.  If you prefer a completely smooth soup, purée the entire batch and push it thought a sieve. 

Peace & Java


Prep Time: 30 min            Cook Time: 30 min                  Total Time: 1 hour             Serving Size: 1 cup

Servings: 6                          Difficulty: Intermediate         Yield: about 6 cups            SP: 5


INGREDIENTS:

2 lbs fresh mixed mushrooms, sliced

2 medium leeks, white and light green parts washed thoughly and thinly sliced

1 medium onion, chopped

2 cups fat-free reduced sodium chicken broth

1 cup crab claws, picked over for shells

1 cup white wine

1 cup fat-free half & half

1/4 cup fat-free plain Greek yogurt

4 cloves garlic, minced

2 tablespoons flour

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 tablespoon butter

1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves, roughly chopped

2 teaspoons kosher salt

2 teaspoons black pepper

1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

DIRECTIONS: 

1. In a large soup pot, melt the butter and olive oil over medium heat. Add the leaks and cook until wilted and tender, about 5-6 minutes. 

2. Add the sliced mushrooms to the pan, cooking until the liquid from the mushrooms evaporates and they are lightly browned. Season the mushrooms with salt, pepper and the red pepper flakes.

3. Add the wine and cook until the mushrooms and leeks absorb the wine. 

4. Remove 1/2 of the cooked mushroom and leek mixture and reserve. 

5. Stir in the flour and cook 2-3 minutes with the remaining mushroom mixture. Add the chicken or vegetable broth, bring to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes.

6. Using an immersion blender, purée the soup to desired consistency. Add the reserved mushrooms and crab to the soup pot and bring the soup to a simmer. Do not boil! Whisk in the half & half and Greek yogurt. Additional broth may be added to achieved desired consistency. Add the nutmeg and adjust seasonings as needed. 

NOTES, TIPS & TRICKS: To make this recipe vegetarian, substitute vegetable broth for the chicken broth.

Sherry pairs well with mushrooms and can be used instead of white wine. 

Blend the soup in batches if you don’t have an immersion blender. 

Charred Onion Dip 

I  was looking for an onion dip recipe to serve for a party and ran across this dip recipe on Epicurious.com. It has a richer deeper onion flavor than the dehydrated onion flakes tossed into a tub of sour cream that was popular back in the day. And it’s way tastier than the stuff in the dairy aisle at the grocery store. I made a few small changes to the original recipe, because that’s what I do!  I wanted a slightly lighter, lower-fat version so I used reduced fat dairy and upped the ante on the fresh herbs. Make a double batch, because there are never leftovers of this dip. 
Peace and Java

      

Prep Time: 30 min            Cook Time: 15 min            Serving Size: 2 tablespoons            Servings: 16

Difficulty: Medium            Yield: about 1 cup


INGREDIENTS:

1 leek cleaned and sliced

1 large shallot

1 tablespoon olive oil

2-3 cloves garlic, minced

2 green onions, sliced 

1/2 cup light mayonnaise 

1/2 cup light sour cream 

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

2 teaspoons chopped thyme, plus more for garnish

Salt to taste

Fresh ground pepper to taste

Dash of hot sauce, optional
DIRECTIONS 

Preheat oven to 400 degrees

Toss 1 thinly sliced shallot, 1 thinly sliced leek, and 2 thinly sliced scallions with 1 tablespoon olive oil; season with salt and pepper. Broil, tossing once, until charred, 10-12 minutes. Let the mixture cool. 

Toss with garlic,  mayo, sour cream, hot sauce, lemon juice, and thyme. Taste and adjust seasoning as needed. Serve topped with thyme.

NOTES, TIPS & TRICKS: To clean the leek, fills bowl with water and let the sliced leeks soak for a few minutes so the sand and grit falls to the bottom of the bowl. Drain the water, nd repeat. I usually soak and rinse my leeks twice to make sure they are totally clean.