Beef and Cepes Bouillon

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1 c Boiling water
1 sm Clove of garlic
1/2 md Carrot; sliced in small
1/2 sm Tomato; coarsely chopped
1 Rib of leafy celery
2 Single pieces of large
1/4 c Red wine or more
8 Dried Corr=82ze cepes
1 ts Beef fat; rendered
2 tb Onion; chopped
2 c Beef stock
2 tb V8 juice

Original recipe makes 2 Servings



Notes: Cepes are known as Porcini mushrooms in Italy. Mushrooms from Corr=82ze are of course of the highest quality but other varieties will suffice. The beef fat was skimmed from the beef stock. Butter or oil would suffice. In a pinch, a cup of beef juices from a roast beef augmented by a cup of water and a rounded tsp of beef soup base will have to do if a good homemade stock is not available. [It wasnt.] If the stock isnt already well seasoned during its preparation, one might want to add pepper or a few herbs in with the carrot et al. Large shells would look pretty in the bowl; I used rotini as thats what I had on hand. V8 is a brand name juice thats mainly tomato juice but contains other vegetables as well it is more highly seasoned than plain tomato juice. I used a 1995 Sutter Home [California] Zinfandel. I did a taste test without wine, then with 1/4 cup wine, then added the V8 juice and finally added another 1/4 cup wine. The version outlined above was the best. Method: Put cepes in a cup; bring water to a boil and pour over the cepes. Set aside to let the dried mushrooms reconstitute. Gently fry the onions in the beef fat until golden brown; add the garlic about half way through the process. Drain to remove as much fat as possible and set aside. Meanwhile bring the stock to a rolling boil and add the carrot, celery, tomato and pasta. Bring back to the boil; reduce heat to a simmer and cook fifteen minutes. Add the onion-garlic mixture during the last five minutes. Remove from the heat, strain the broth to remove the Posted to MM-Recipes Digest by "Rfm" on Sep 21, 98

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