My Mum’s Mushrooms

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The secret to my mum’s mushrooms is simplicity and…soy sauce. I like to depart from the simplicity part by adding goats cheese, but they are great without also:

Mushrooms au naturel
Mushrooms au naturel
Mushrooms with goats feta
Mushrooms with goats feta

I love the way the soy sauce brings out the flavour of the mushrooms and because of the high salt content of soy, no need to add salt – just plenty of cracked pepper. In fact, I don’t bother ordering mushrooms in cafes for breakfast anymore because of the inevitable disappointment that follows. Forget balsamic, forget cream (though you can substitute for the milk in this recipe if you prefer)…In my opinion, soy sauce really is the way to go. If you want to have the mushrooms with steak, try adding chopped shallots or garlic.

Ingredients (2 person serving)

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  1.  300 grams mushrooms
  2. 20 grams of butter
  3. 1 tablespoon of soy sauce (Kikkoman brand is always great)
  4. Sprig or two of fresh rosemary
  5. Cracked black pepper
  6. 1/4 cup of milk (or substitute 1-2 tablespoons cream for richer result)
  7. Crumbled feta (optional) (I used Lemnos Goats Feta)

Method:

Chop mushrooms as you like them. Brown the butter in a large pan – it should be foamy, but not burnt. Add the mushrooms, sautee for a couple of minutes on a high heat. Tear rosemary from sprig and add to mushrooms. Add milk, turn down heat to medium and continue to stir for a minute. Add soy sauce, cook until mushrooms develop a nice dark colour. Season with pepper to taste.

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Variations: Add crushed garlic or chopped shallots to the pan after browning the butter. Add lemon zest and juice to the finished product. Try adding red wine along with shallots or onions for a thicker sauce with steak – to thicken, add cream, sour cream or cornflour.  In addition to rosemary, sage and oregano partner nicely with mushrooms and, as hardy herbs, can be added early in the cooking process. Alternatively, add chopped fresh parsley or coriander when the mushrooms are almost done.

Enjoy!

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