Mushroom sauce

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Mushroom sauce, with its rich and earthy flavors, has long been a cherished accompaniment to various dishes across numerous cuisines. Originating from European culinary traditions, this versatile sauce has been adapted over the centuries to include a variety of ingredients, enhancing its flavor and texture. Traditionally, mushroom sauce is served with meats, such as steak, chicken, or pork, but it is equally delicious with pasta, vegetables, and as a base for other dishes. The key to a great mushroom sauce is the use of high-quality mushrooms and a slow cooking process to develop depth and complexity in the sauce.

Serves: +10
  • Fresh mushrooms 300 g
  • Butter 30 g
  • Olive oil 15 ml
  • Garlic, minced 10 g
  • Shallot 50 g
  • All-purpose flour 15 g
  • Beef or vegetable broth 250 ml
  • Heavy cream 100 ml
  • Fresh thyme 2 g
  • Salt to taste
  • Ground black pepper to taste
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  • In a large skillet, heat the butter and olive oil over medium heat. Add the sliced mushrooms and cook until they are golden and have released their moisture, about 5-7 minutes.
  • Add the minced garlic and chopped shallot to the mushrooms, cooking until they are soft and fragrant, about 2 minutes. Be careful not to burn the garlic.
  • Sprinkle the flour over the mushrooms, stirring well to combine. Cook for another minute to remove the raw flour taste. This will help thicken the sauce.
  • Gradually add the broth to the skillet, stirring constantly to prevent lumps. Bring to a simmer and allow the sauce to thicken slightly. Then, stir in the heavy cream and fresh thyme, and season with salt and pepper. Simmer for an additional 5 minutes, or until the sauce reaches your desired consistency.
  • Taste the sauce and adjust the seasoning if necessary. Serve hot over your choice of meat, pasta, or vegetables.

Storage Tips

Mushroom sauce can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Gently reheat it on the stove over low heat, adding a splash of broth or cream if the sauce has thickened too much.

Useful Properties of the Main Ingredient

Mushrooms are a great source of nutrients, including B vitamins, selenium, potassium, and vitamin D (especially when exposed to sunlight). They are also rich in antioxidants and dietary fiber. Incorporating mushrooms into your diet can support immune function and overall health.

Interesting Facts

  • The use of mushrooms for culinary purposes dates back thousands of years, with evidence suggesting that ancient Egyptians considered them a delicacy.
  • There are thousands of edible mushroom varieties, each offering a unique flavor and texture to dishes like mushroom sauce.
  • Mushroom sauce became popular in French cuisine as part of the development of classical sauces in the 19th century, and it has since become a staple in many Western dishes.

This mushroom sauce recipe offers a delicious way to elevate simple dishes to gourmet status, showcasing the natural, earthy flavors of mushrooms in a creamy, savory sauce.

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