A Review of Dorie Greenspan’s Paris Mushroom Soup

Last year I hosted my first Thanksgiving. It was a moment that I had anticipated for years, given my love for cooking, and a moment that I was obsessed with because cooking is also my career and I really didn’t want to mess it up. I imagined a real sit-down dinner rather than something more rushed and buffet style. And because I only presented a small group, I was able to make that happen.

Serving soup before a meal always felt fancy and fussy to me, but when I came across Dorie Greenspan’s Parisian mushroom soup, which she was preparing for Kitchn’s Thanksgiving Food Fest, I was confident it could be a special appetizer without the extra fuss. It was all that and more, and now it’s a soup I plan to make for years to come.

A case for serving soup before the turkey

I know soup doesn’t seem necessary for an abundance of turkey and side dishes, but Dorie’s mushroom soup convinced me it is. The simple affair of mixed mushrooms – enriched with aromatics, herbs and white wine – is understated, and that’s exactly the point. When served in small, individual bowls, everyone can stop and enjoy before the main affair follows – a moment true to the character of the holiday, in the best possible way.

What makes this Mushroom Soup special?

What’s especially nice about this soup is that it’s satisfying but not heavy, leaving you plenty of room for the filling. That means if you have vegetarian guests, they can easily serve themselves another bowl to round out their meal.

It also comes together with ease days before Thanksgiving. I prepped it all on Monday and refrigerated it in an airtight container until Thursday. I warmed it gently over the stove while chopping up the raw mushrooms and herbs for the salad garnish (which you definitely shouldn’t miss as it gives just the right amount of texture to each spoonful). You can even make and freeze the soup a few weeks or months ahead of time, if you really want to go ahead. That really gives you no reason not to kick Thanksgiving with this soup.

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