Wild Mushroom Chowder with Leeks & Spinach

Mar 16, 2009 by GodsMullet | 0 Comments| Share it:   

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Buttermilk Infused Wild Mushroom Chowder with Leeks and Spinach

Here I wanted to do just a simple chowder with a bit of the tanginess that buttermilk has to offer. I wanted to also add some smokiness to the dish, which is where the gouda came in. Also the reason that there’s bacon and pancetta included is that the bacon provided a bit more grease for the roux and is more for a background flavor (its cheaper and purees up better as well).


  • Prep: 30 mins. - 1 hr.
  • Cook: 1 - 2 hrs.
  • Serves: 4

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1 Leek (very finely sliced)
2 cloves Garlic (sliced and roasted)
1 oz Pancetta (diced, crisped)
1 oz Spinach (julienned)
to taste Salt/Pepper
Olive Oil

(Additional ingredients listed below in recipe steps).

Step 1

Wash Leeks. Saute all garnish ingredients in olive oil until thoroughly heated. Season.


Step 2

The Chowder: Ingredients: 2oz Wild Mushrooms (reconstituted and sliced) 2 cups Criminis (sliced) 1 Leek (whites, sliced) 3-4 cloves Garlic (diced) 6 strips Bacon (diced) 1/3 cup flour 5 oz Spinach (roughly chopped, blanched, and squeezed dry) 1/2 cup Cream 1 cup Buttermilk 3 cups Chicken Stock 4 sprigs Thyme 1 cup Sherry 5 oz Pancetta (diced, crisped) 1 lb Smoked Gouda (shredded) to taste Pepper Truffle Oil


Step 3

Render off the bacon with the thyme – add the garlic, leeks, and criminis and saute until colored.


Step 4

Has color:


Step 5

Dust with flour.


Step 6

Deglaze with the sherry. Add the stock and reduce.


Step 7

Add the cream - reduce. Add the buttermilk and bring back up to a simmer.


Step 8

Add shredded gouda cheese to the pot and Puree.


Step 9

Strain. Return to heat.


Step 10

Take your cooked pancetta...


Step 11

And blanched spinach...


Step 12

And cleaned wild mushrooms...


Step 13

And add them to the pot and finish with a splash more of sherry.


Step 14

Plate and mound the leek garnish in the center, drizzle with a few drops of truffle oil. (I also had a little bulls blood left lying around that I used to add a bit more color).

Now that you have learned how to make wild mushroom chowder with leeks & spinach, please be sure to view these other soup recipes. Also, you will love these American recipes.


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