Friday, October 19, 2007

Sour Mushroom Soup

Ok, this one sounds a little strange, but trust me, everyone who tries it is surprised at how goot it is. This is a traditional Polish soup (Machanka) that is served for good luck on New Year's Eve. (I am not a fan of mushrooms but I strain out the mushrooms and love the broth.) It's great with small square noodles or the very small bowtie noodles. (Most people who try this soup think it tastes like a Chinese sweet & sour soup) If you have never cooked this quantity of mushrooms, be prepared for the "aroma" that will fill the house)

7 cups fresh mushrooms, chopped
3 quarts water
1 small onion
3 T. butter
3 T. flour
1 quart sauerkraut juice (some stores actually carry sauerkraut juice but if not, just strain from cans or bottles of sauerkraut)
salt and pepper taste
Cooked noodles (use small squares or small bowties)

Cook mushrooms in water for 1 hour. Brown butter and onion in separate pan. Add flour to butter and brown well. Add sauerkraut juice to butter mixture and boil for 5 minutes. Add to mushroom/water and boil 1/2 hour longer. Serve with cooked noodles.

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