I had to substitute many things, yet still DELISH!, Member salubriousbunny
I'm allergic to gluten and soy, so I have yet to personally see a can of cream of mushroom soup that I can consume. Meaning of course, I didn't have this on hand. I looked up a cream soup recipe, but it called for dry milk, which I also didn't have. Then, once I was making it, I discovered I was out of cheddar cheese! Here's what I did, and was still delicious: 1. Reconstituted dried matsutake mushrooms in a cast iron pan in water. 2. Made a faux-roux in a crock-pot on fairly high heat - a. 1 Tbsp butter melted, then b. stirred in 5 Tbsp cornstarch still lightly golden, then c. poured in 1/4 cup of white wine (chardonnay) d. then added 1/2 cup of buttermilk *powder* stirring fast, then e. poured in 1 1/4 cup of water slowly; 3. Then added herbs - 1/8 tsp of thyme, 1/16 tsp each of oregano, marjoram, basil, and a dash of black pepper 4. Then added mushrooms + mushroom water (at least 1 cup total, as needed) 5. Substituted 6 oz cream cheese + 1/4 cup of parmesean, stirred in to start melting 6. Added approx. 3 lbs (a very large bowl) of cubed potatoes (tip: start to prep potatoes at beginning, but keep soaking in cold water til ready to add to avoid browning) and 7. add 1 cup of diced cooked ham. Cooked on HIGH (about 400 F) for 1 hr, discovered too high, turned down to 350, added a splash more water, and was done within 2 hrs. I would probably cook at a lower temp for longer next time - perhaps start at 350 for 1 hr, then 300 for rest. It really depends on how many potatoes & how much water you add. I went shopping while this cooked and when I came home and tasted it, I added the following sauteed veggies: shittake mushrooms, kale (incl. stem), red bell pepper. Absolutely delicious! I definitely would still add some cheddar cheese if you have it, but cream cheese gives it such a nuanced rich flavor. Very elegant for comfort food. Also thinking that with the red and green veggies, plus a wintery dish, would make this a great christmas or winter-party seasonal dish to bring to family or friends. Serve with a fruit salad and a green salad. Nummy!
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