Wild mushroom soup with rocket and crispy serrano ham

  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1.35kg assorted wild mushrooms (portobello, cremini, shiitake, oyster, porcini), wiped clean and chopped
  • 1 small onion, thinly sliced
  • 12 cremini mushrooms, coarsely chopped
  • 1.5L homemade Rich Chicken Stock, recipe follows, or low-sodium canned chicken broth
  • 1 tbsp porcini powder*
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 475ml rapeseed oil
  • 8 slices serrano ham
  • 115g wild or regular rocket
  • White truffle oil, for drizzling
  • Rich Chicken Stock:
  • 1.8kg chicken bones, chopped
  • 3 large onions, quartered (skin left on)
  • 1/2 head celery, coarsely chopped
  • 2 large carrots, coarsely chopped
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/4 cup whole peppercorns
  • Small bunch flat-leaf parsley, stems only
  • 6 sprigs fresh thyme
1) For the chicken stock: preheat oven to 230°C.

2) Combine chicken bones, onions, celery, and carrots in a large roasting pan; toss with oil and season lightly with salt and pepper. Roast until the bones and vegetables are a rich golden brown, about 30 to 40 minutes.

3) Transfer the bones and vegetables to a large stockpot, add 2 3/4 L cold water, and the remaining ingredients and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to medium and simmer for four hours, skimming the scum that rises to the top with a ladle every 20 minutes. Remove from the heat and strain through a mesh strainer into a clean pot. Place back on the stove over high heat and cook until reduced by half. Use immediately or let cool to room temperature, cover, and refrigerate or freeze until ready to use.

4) For the soup: heat three tablespoons butter with one tablespoon olive oil in a large stockpot over high heat. Add the wild mushrooms and cook until the mushrooms are golden brown and their liquid has evaporated, about 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer the mushrooms to a bowl.

5) Heat one tablespoon butter with one tablespoon oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook until soft. Add the cremini mushrooms and cook until golden brown, about four to five minutes. Sprinkle flour over mushrooms and cook for two minutes. Add the stock and porcini powder and cook for 20 minutes. Season, to taste, with salt and pepper. Strain the stock through a strainer into the stockpot that you sauteed the wild mushrooms in and discard the onion and mushrooms.



6) Cook stock over medium heat until thickened slightly and then stir in the sauteed wild mushrooms and cook for 15 minutes. Season, to taste, with salt and pepper.

7) While the soup is cooking, heat the vegetable oil in a high sided saute pan over high heat until the oil begins to shimmer. Carefully add the ham, in batches, and cook until crispy, about 45 seconds to one minute. Drain on a plate lined with paper towels.

8) Ladle the soup into bowls, add a handful of arugula, top with a slice of the crispy ham, and drizzle with a teaspoon of white truffle oil.

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