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Pear and Sunchoke Soup with Chanterelle Mushrooms and Bacon

This recipe, developed by Chef Ethan Stowell of Staple & Fancy, Tavoláta, How to Cook a Wolf, and Anchovies & Olives, brings a sweet start to any meal with an unusual combination of ripe pears and sunchokes.

Ingredients

  • Soup
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 small onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 ½ pounds sunchokes, peeled and diced (yields about 1 pound)
  • 3-4 cups sparkling water
  • 2 medium-size ripe Bosc or Bartlett USA Pears, peeled, cored, diced
  • Salt and fresh ground black pepper
  • Chanterelle Mushroom Garnish
  • 4 ounces bacon, diced
  • 1 teaspoon unsalted butter
  • 4 ounces chanterelle mushrooms
  • ⅓ cup thinly sliced shallot

Directions

For soup: Melt butter in a medium saucepan. Add onions. Stir over medium-low heat about 8 minutes until soft, do not brown. Add sunchokes and 3 cups sparkling water. Bring to a simmer and cook with vented lid until sunchokes are tender, about 15 minutes. Add pears and cook about 4 minutes until softened. Puree soup in a blender or food processor. Add additional sparkling water as needed for desired consistency. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

While soup is cooking, prepare garnish: Cook bacon with butter in a skillet over medium heat until some of the fat is rendered but bacon is still soft. Bacon should not crisp. Add mushrooms and cook until their liquid is released, 4-5 minutes. Add shallots; cook over low heat until shallots are softened and flavors are melded, about 15 minutes. Makes about ¾ cup.

To serve: Place 2 heaping tablespoons mushroom garnish in a shallow bowl. Pour hot soup over and serve immediately.