Frodo's Favorite Mushroom Soup
This recipe was discovered in a much-worn journal apparently carried by Samwise Gamgee during the journey of the Fellowship of the Ring. Before the hobbits even left the Shire, they took a shortcut cross-country and ended up on Farmer Maggot's property. Frodo had been terrified of him for years after an incident during his childhood involving misappropriating Farmer Maggot's mushroom crop. All turned out well and Maggot helped Frodo and his friends reach the Brandywine Bridge undetected by the Black Riders. He even gave Frodo a huge basket of fresh mushrooms as a parting gift.
What was not mentioned however, was the supply of dried mushrooms that he gave Sam, telling him "These will keep a long time on your travels. Mark me, you'll be glad of them."
As the journey continued into deeper and deeper peril, these dried mushrooms came to be as precious to Sam, the designated camp cook, as his supply of salt. He added them to stews and soups to flavor and earned him high praise from hobbit, human, dwarf, wizard, and elf alike. But what meant the most to him was the look on Frodo's face when he served up this soup to the Fellowship. He knew Frodo was heartsick at leaving the Shire behind on this quest, but the soup was a little taste of home in the wilderness.
Makes approximately 6 servings.
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