Mushroom Soup and Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Does anyone recall seeing Galdalf eat or drink during any of his scenes in LOTR Trilogy? He sat at Bilbo’s table in Fellowship of the Ring, but I believe he was smoking a pipe. At Bilbo’s party, same thing.  Even in Edoras after the triumph at Helm’s Deep, Gandalf is too deep in thought to join the others in hefting a pint.  Being preoccupied with saving Middle-earth in general, one can suppose that he was a distracted cook and one who may have left the skillet on the fire a bit too long.  This dish named for him then rightly instructs us to cook the mushrooms “to death” as if they had been forgotten while engrossed in conversation with Strider and Radagast the Brown over the fate of men. 

I have added a bit of my touch to the recipe, a pinch of dry mustard, balsamic vinegar instead of Worcestershire sauce, and about a quarter cup red wine.   I refrigerated overnight.

Note:  This post is a re-write of an earlier one using the mushrooms over potatoes.  I thought the picture and the dish I created for that post were uninspired.  I am much happier with these and the food passed the house food critic’s test — in fact I was asked to make it every day if I wanted!

Mushroom Soup

1 cup Mushrooms ala Gandalf
1 1/2 pints cream (I used fat free half and half) or substitute whole milk
2 cans cream of po-tay-to soup (do not dilute)
2 Tbl chopped shallots
1 small clove garlic, smashed
1/4 cup white Vermouth cooking wine
1/4 tsp ground cayenne pepper
1/4 cup butter
 
Place mushrooms in sauce pan with garlic, shallots, cayenne, and butter.  Stir over medium high heat until butter is melted, add the wine.  Add three tablespoons of flour and stir until the mixture thickens, keep stirring and turn down heat to medium.  Gradually add about a third cup of cream, then stir until smooth.  Continue adding small amounts of cream until it is all incorporated and the mixture is smooth.  Now add the potato soup (leave it chunky or puree it before adding).  Stir until thick and bubbly.  Add garnish of herbs if you like!
 

Grilled Cheese with Mushrooms

No brainer here!  Butter and grill some bread, add cheese and mushrooms, broil or simply microwave to melt the cheese!

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