until a couple years ago (or so), i did not eat mushrooms. mushrooms are a fungus, why would i want to eat a fungus? and everyone loves them because they’re “meaty”, but if i want meat, i’ll eat meat. it all changed one night at the lake of the ozarks when my brother-in-law taught me this recipe. ever since i have a hard time eating steak without them (like eating steak without mushrooms is hard, but hearing steak makes me crave the mushrooms), and in fact, make a special trip to the store just for mushrooms if we’re out.
(i’ve since branched out and will gobble up my husband’s delicious stuffed mushrooms. but that’s as far as i venture into fake-meat-fungus-land, for now.)
cast of characters: mushrooms, soy sauce, butter, brown sugar
slice your shrooms. it may seem like a lot of mushrooms but they cook down.
melt the butter in a skillet on medium heat and add your chopped mushrooms.
cook until soft and slightly reduced, about 10 min.
add soy sauce and brown sugar. continue cooking for about another 10 minutes. taste and add more brown sugar if you would like more sweetness. if you want a thicker sauce, increase the heat and boil until reduced and thickened, about 5 minutes.
serve as a side, or my favorite – right on top.
my favorite mushrooms (creative title, right)
8 oz of mushrooms
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons brown sugar
slice the mushrooms. melt the butter in a skillet over medium heat. add the sliced mushrooms and cook until tender and slightly reduced in size, about 10 minutes. add the soy sauce and brown sugar and continue cooking for another 10 minutes. taste and add more brown sugar if more sweetness is desired. if you would like a thicker sauce, turn up the heat and boil for a few minutes at the end of the cooking time.
disclaimer: these are pretty sweet, especially if you add in another dab or two of brown sugar like i do, but brown sugar is my favorite ingredient and i like the way the salty sweetness plays off the juicy, meatyness of the steak (meatyness is a word right? or meatiness?)
now that is a fine dinner. mighty fine.