Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Versatile Mushroom Sauce

Mushroom Sauce (dairy-free)
The best thing about our apartment in Massachusetts is our kitchen. Let me give you a little history. When we lived in Manhattan, we had a 350 square foot "1 bedroom" apartment. Apartments that size don't even exist outside of major cities. Our "kitchen" was along the wall at the end of our L shaped main room. We bought an island and a pot rack and we made it work. We actually could work together in that kitchen on opposite sides of the island. We prepared some real feasts in that tiny space.

Next we moved to Brooklyn for more space. Our apartment was a whopping 750 square feet. It had real size rooms. We even bought a queen size sleeper sofa, but the kitchen was tiny. I loved that apartment, but I hated the kitchen. Because it was a small separate room and it had a poor layout, only one person could work in that kitchen at a time. We tried to find a creative solution, but it didn't exist. While I was pregnant, I would sit in the doorway on a stool and watch my husband cook. That was the only way the two of could fit in the room together.

Our apartment in MA is about 1,100 square feet and feels more like a house than an apartment. It even has a hallway! But the kitchen is the real gem. It's as ugly as can be and looks like the "before" photos on a home show, but it has space. It is U shaped and has 3 separate counters. It has full size appliances and even a dishwasher. There is enough floor space for us to fit Baby Girl's high chair and for my husband and I to work together. We can actually cook while she is awake and playing with some toys on her high chair tray for short periods of time (by playing I mean dropping things overboard).

What's your kitchen like? What do you love about it? What do you hate about it?

Now that we have a user friendly kitchen, we really should start taking full advantage of it and start preparing some more impressive meals. Here is our little baby step in that direction. Are you looking for something to take your average dinner up a notch? We have a mushroom sauce that does just that. It's very versatile. It can be gluten free, dairy free, have a little spice - or not. My husband said last night, "I would eat this mushroom sauce on anything!" How's that for an endorsement?




First I took a photo of the mushroom sauce over hamburgers with a side of kale

But let's be honest. We smothered everything with the sauce before we ate it.

Mushroom Sauce
2 T butter
1 lb mushrooms, sliced
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1/4 t thyme
1/4 t cayenne (optional - for a little spice)
1/4 t nutmeg
1 C chicken stock
2 T flour or arrowroot
Splash of sherry (optional)
1 C sour cream or yogurt (optional)
1/2 C cream or whole milk (optional)

Melt the butter over medium heat. Add the mushrooms and cook until browned. Add the garlic and spices and cook one more minute. Add the chicken stock and bring to a simmer. Add your thickener and cook until the desired consistency. If you are looking for a dairy free sauce, stop right here. Your sauce is finished.

For a creamy sauce: Add the splash of sherry and cook one more minute. Turn off the heat and stir in the sour cream or yogurt. Thin the sauce with cream or milk until it reaches the desired texture.

This post is part of Works for me Wednesday, Gluten Free Wednesdays, Welcome Wednesdays, Real Food Wednesdays, and Allergy free Wednesdays.

5 comments:

suzyhomemaker said...

This looks so good. I have a bunch of mushrooms in my fridge I need to use up. I think I will make a sauce to have with a pork roast I am making tomorrow.

Laura said...

I am bookmarking this one! My husband HATE mushrooms but he's gone for a week in March, so I can cook this up while little C eats his dinner...and put it on everything on my plate. :)

Our kitchen is bigger than anything we had in NYC, but still not as big as I'd like it to be. I think if it were laid out a bit better, we could have more counterspace and that would change things alot. We are actually starting to look into how we could redo it on a budget.

April Me said...

Yum! That looks de-lish! Hi! I’m blog hopping today and I’m following your blog. Please stop by and say hi when you get a chance. Hope your having an awesome day.

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Janelle said...

Thanks for much for sharing your awesome mushroom sauce on Allergy-Free Wednesday! Hope you'll join us again this coming Wednesday with another great recipe!

Johnlyn ~ Frugality and Homemaking said...

I really need to quit complaining about the size of my kitchen LOL! Clearly I'm spoiled.

This sauce looks awesome!

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