Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Champagne and Crimini Mushroom Gravy

Champagne and Crimini Mushroom Gravy

1 package crimini mushrooms, sliced
3 tablespoons butter
1/2 teaspoon sage
1/4 cup onions, diced small
3 tablespoons flour
3/4 cup champagne (or wine)
1 1/4 cup chicken broth
salt to taste

Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium low heat. Add the mushrooms and sage, and cook until the mushrooms begin to soften, stirring occasionally. Add the onions. At this point, it smells so good you'll be tempted to eat it as is. When the onions have cooked, add the 3 tablespoons of flour. Stirring frequently, cook until the flour turns a golden brown color. Add the champagne and chicken broth and continue stirring until well blended. Bring to a boil and let simmer about 20 minutes. Salt to taste.

This gravy turned out great. I will say, however, that you should only make it with a champagne or wine that you adore, because that flavor comes through and dominates. I'm looking forward to trying it with my favorite sweet red wine. A caution, though, this is a gravy more likely to appeal to an adult palate. I suspect it would not be popular with munchkins.

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