Black Forest Escargot Soup

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Total Time
1hr 40mins
50 mins
50 mins

A German dinner party soup. Badische Schneckensuppe was the house specialty of the Zum Ritter in in Durbach. If you don't like escargot, use extra mushrooms instead. My dinner guests couldn't tell the difference between the minced escargot and the minced mushroom and there was not a drop of soup left over. I used extra Pernod because I did not have aniseed.

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  1. Beurre Manie: Combine butter and flour in a small bowl and blend well.
  2. Soup: Melt butter in a large heavy sauce pan over low heat, add shallot and cook 5 minutes.
  3. Stir in garlic, cook 1-2 minutes, add mushrooms and cook 15 minutes, stirring constantly.
  4. Pour in wine, broths and creme fraiche, simmer 20 minutes.
  5. Stir in escargot, reserved liquid, chives, parsley and aniseed.
  6. Pinch off bits of Beurre Manie and whisk into soup, one at a time.
  7. Beat 1 tbsp of hot soup into the egg yolks, add 3 more tbsp one at a time, whisking vigorously.
  8. Add egg mixture to soup, stir in Pernod and let soup "mellow" over low heat (do not boil) 1-2 minutes.