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soup question by kathyh, 2/10/10

Last night I made a big pot of mushroom barley soup with turkey. It has homemade turkey stock, I made it after thanksgiving and froze it, button mushrooms, porcini, dried reconstituted mushrooms and the juice, leeks and carrots and turkey breast meat. It is good but it's missing something. It needs some brightness. I would think some acid.

My question is what would you add? A splash of red wine or balsamic vinegar?

I don't want to add something to the whole pot and then have it taste wrong.

Thanks for your help. KathyH

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  1. If I were to add acid, I'd go with some lemon juice. I doubt the wine would do much and I think the balsamic is the wrong flavor profile. But I'd try some soy sauce first. It may be the umami that's missing here. And, of course, try in a cup first before adding it to the pot, and even then, do it in very small increments.

    1. Since it is already good how about making a gremalota to be added to each serving? I would use an herb or two that complements the flavor of the broth, garlic and lemon zest, a little olive oil. Another approach is to pass some sour cream when you serve the soup.
      I hope this helps.

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      1. re: Fiona

        Two things, forgot to mention the recipe called for soy sauce and I did add two teaspoons.

        Second, we are in the midst of a blizzard right here, so I have to work with what I have in the house.

        I thought of lemons, but don't have any, so can't add lemon juice or make a gremalota.

        Lemon juice was my first thought.

        Leaves me wine, red or white, but as you said, not sure if that would add the acid or brightness that is missing. I also have vinegars of various kinds.

        I would add some to a small bowl before adding to the pot. Not need to ruin an entire pot of soup.

        KathyH

      2. Try adding a little salt...

        Enjoy!

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        1. re: Uncle Bob

          I agree. Often times it's a little salt that's needed.

        2. I'd go with a vinegar, but not necessarily a balsamic. What else do you have in your pantry in terms of vinegars?

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          1. re: ipsedixit

            I have white, cider, red, balsamic, white wine, rice wine and tarragon vinegars.

            1. re: KathyH

              Go with rice wine. To me it's the least "sweet" of your choices and provides the cleanest "bite" that you would want from a vinegar.

              Also, you might get better and more informed responses if you posted exactly what you put into your turkey soup.

              1. re: ipsedixit

                I'd say a small amount of white vinegar.

          2. If you have it, I would be tempted to saute/fry a small amount of tomato paste in olive oil. Frying it removes the bright red color, so in small amount, it shouldn't distort the appearance, but it would add a depth and natural sweetness along with pulling some acid from the tomato - without making it taste like tomato soup.

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            1. re: CocoaNut

              I like the tomato paste idea, and would also add a splash of balsamic.

            2. Melt a couple of anchovies in olive oil over heat til you've got a thin paste. Stir into soup.

              1. All good suggestions, but an essential (in my opinion) ingredient of any mushroom barley soup is a goodly splash of dry sherry added at the final heating before serving. I hope you have some on hand!

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                1. re: jmnewel

                  Sherry is often the answer for bland dishes. I always have a bottle on hand myself.

                2. Any of the light vinegars would work. Also, reducing the wine before adding it to the soup would concentrate the acid and add a nice dimension.

                  Soup sounds great.

                  1. As I read your post, I thought about herbs, did you add any to the soup? Thyme first came to mind but other possibilities include chives, rosemary and since you have turkey in it, maybe poultry seasoning. Personally, I wouldn't add lemon juice or vinegar...but that's just me.