Steak with Porcini Mushroom Gravy
By Sue Lau | Palatable Pastime
Even if autumn is not quite here, and won’t be for several more weeks (or longer, if Mother Nature has a fickle way) it is that time of year for the mushroom harvest.
For Foodie Extravaganza this month, we are getting our group together with a celebration of mushroom recipes, all in honor of national Mushroom Month, hosted by Wendy Klik of A Day in the Life on the Farm. As our hostess, she chose this as the food holiday we would blog as a theme. I couldn’t agree more with her choice!
I love mushrooms, perhaps to an unhealthy degree but- c’mon. Mushrooms are not unhealthy, unless you happen to go picking wild ones and don’t know what you’re doing. Or you’re an earthbound stoner with an obsession with psychedelics. But this is not the 1960’s anymore (so let’s not go there…)
This particular recipe has been tucked away in my files now (you are asking “What’s this files she is talking about?”) Well, it’s the recipes I make that I haven’t had time to blog just yet. Apparently, I can come up with ten times as many recipes as I have time to post. It’s all that time consuming mumbo jumbo like SEO that get in the way of pure cooking art.
So you will see by the pictures that I have made this a number of times, but really, after two times taking pictures, I just put the camera away. And not that this is my first time making mushroom gravy. Oh no! I cook stuff all the time and just don’t write it down. But most of the time my mushroom gravy is not made with fresh Porcini mushrooms, as they are a bit pricey. But as mushrooms go, they are fabulous and have a powerful mega-mushroom flavor that is hard to match. You can get them dried and reconstitute (in a pinch) but remember that reconstituted is never quite as good as fresh. So when you see these, give up the ghost on your cash, buy them, and pinch pennies elsewhere.
You can use this gravy on just about anything: chopped steak, pork chops, mashed potatoes, meat loaf, roast pork, roast beef, (prime rib!) but since it is a bit fancier, I would go with steak at the very least, whichever kind suits your fancy. As for cooking steak, bring it up to room temperature, season liberally with salt and lots of black pepper, and grill to doneness. Or sear in a screaming hot skillet on both sides, and then finish it in the skillet in a hot oven until it probes to the correct temp to let it rest. How long depends on how thick and if it has a bone. You can read a little more about steaks and how I cook them in my post for homemade steak sauce.
And here is an easy reference for steak doneness:
But on to the sauce, which is made not only with porcini but with beef demi, which you can buy in tubs, and is like a reduction of beef stock that is quite rich. And I also use the mushroom base, but you could use beef base instead of mushroom in a pinch. It will just make the gravy more beef flavored and less mushroom.
Steak with Porcini Mushroom Gravy
Ingredients for Mushroom Gravy:
- 1/2 cup chopped shallots
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 1/2 teaspoon chopped garlic
- 8 ounces fresh chopped porcini mushrooms
- 1/4 cup flour
- 1/2 cup red wine
- 2 cups water
- 2 tablespoons beef demi glace
- 1 tablespoon Better Than Bouillon mushroom base
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons dried chives
- 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary
- 1/4 teaspoon kitchen bouquet
- Saute the shallots and garlic in butter until slightly softened, then add the mushrooms and cook until soft.
- Stir in the flour to coat the mushrooms.
- Remove from heat and stir in the wine, then return to the heat (you do it off the heat to reduce the risk of fire from the alcohol vapors) and cook that until the wine reduces out.
- Stir in the water, demi, mushroom base, salt, pepper, chives, rosemary, and kitchen bouquet (to intensify the color) and stir over low heat until thickened.
- Serve over steaks or other meat of your choice.
From the kitchen of palatablepastime.com
National Mushroom Month
Hosted by Wendy Klik
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- Chicken and Mushroom Puff Pastry Pie by Food Lust People Love
- Mushroom quesedillas by Caroline’s Cooking
- Mushroom, Sausage, and Spinach Strata by Karen’s Kitchen Stories
- Mushrooms In Green Herb Sauce by Sneha’s Recipe
- Portabella Mushroom Cheesesteak Sandwich by Simple and Savory
- Salisbury Steak with Mushroom Gravy by A Day in the Life on the Farm
- Steak with Porcini Mushroom Gravy by Palatable Pastime
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