Brilliant Mushroom Gravy

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Brilliant Mushroom Gravy
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Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 pound mushrooms
  • Pinch of dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon minced or crushed garlic
  • 2 tablespoons unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth (use vegetable or mushroom broth if preferred)**
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste (optional)

Preparation

Preparation

1 Clean the mushrooms and, if the stems are firm and tight, leave them on. If they are soft and beginning to separate, remove them.

2 Chop the mushrooms into very small pieces or thin slices.

3 Place a medium-sized saucepan over medium heat for 30 seconds.

4 Add the oil and swirl to coat the pan. Add the mushrooms, thyme, and salt, and sauté for about 8 to 10 minutes or until the mushrooms are reduced in size and they have expressed some juices.

5 Stir in the garlic. Add the broth, and heat until it is hot but not boiling.

6 Place the flour in a small bowl, and ladle in enough broth to dissolve the flour (approximately 3/4 cup).

7 Use a small whisk to beat this mixture until smooth, then pour it back into the hot broth. Whisk the broth as you pour.

8 Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, for 5 to 8 minutes, or until lightly thickened.

9 Add salt and pepper to taste, if desired. (Keep this in a tightly lidded jar in the refrigerator and use as needed over the

Source: Chef Mollie Katzen and California Walnut Board