Saturday, October 17, 2015

Saturday Recipe

I love mushrooms.

Mushroom Ragoût

  • Yield 6 to 8 servings



  • 1 ounce (about 1 cup) dried mushrooms, preferably porcinis
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 shallots or 1/2 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 pound white or cremini mushrooms, cleaned, trimmed, and quartered or sliced 1/2 inch thick
  • 1 pound wild mushrooms, trimmed and brushed clean, or oyster mushrooms, trimmed and torn into pieces if very large
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup dry white wine such as sauvignon blanc or pinot grigio
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary or 1 teaspoon dried
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons finely chopped flat-leaf parsley


  1. Place the dried mushrooms in a pyrex measuring cup or a bowl and pour on 2 cups boiling water. Let soak 30 minutes, while you prepare the other ingredients. Place a strainer over a bowl, line it with cheesecloth or paper towels, and drain the mushrooms. Squeeze the mushrooms over the strainer and rinse until they are free of sand. Chop coarsely.
  2. Heat the olive oil over medium heat in a large, heavy skillet or a wide saucepan and add the shallots or onion. Cook, stirring often, until tender, 3 to 5 minutes. Add the garlic, stir together for about 30 seconds, until fragrant, then add the fresh mushrooms, rosemary and thyme, and turn up the heat slightly. Cook until the mushrooms begin to sweat, then add a generous pinch of salt. Stir for about 5 minutes over medium-high heat as the mushrooms continue to soften and sweat. Add the flour and continue to cook the mushrooms, stirring, until they have softened a little more and you can no longer see the flour, about 2 minutes. Add the reconstituted dried mushrooms and the wine and turn the heat to high. Cook, stirring, until the liquid boils down and glazes the mushrooms, about 5 minutes. Stir in the dried mushroom soaking liquid, bring to a simmer, add salt to taste, and cook over medium-high heat, stirring often, until the mushrooms are thoroughly tender and fragrant and the surrounding broth is thick, about 10 to 15 minutes. Remove from the heat, stir in some freshly ground pepper and the parsley, taste and adjust salt.


  • Advance preparation: The ragoût can be made up to 3 or 4 days before you wish to serve it. Keep in the refrigerator. Reheat gently on top of the stove.
  • You may omit the flour if you cannot tolerate gluten. The sauce will not be as gravy-like.

Have a great weekend


  1. Try as I might, I've never been a fan of the mushroom. I just buy the regular sliced white ones in the store to use in sauces and soups. Sometimes I'll sautee them with garlic for Russell's steaks.

    1. Pity JoJo, they are so delicious. I love to treat myself to a Portobella now and again too. I think Russell would enjoy this ragout.

  2. I love, love, love mushrooms. I'll be entertaining veggie friends next month so experimented with my own version of mushroom and pepper stroganoff on Thursday. Both David and I enjoyed it so its a keeper .... now I just have to remember how I made it!

    1. That sounds good Sue, if you do remember, do share.

  3. I love mushrooms. I've never cooked with wine. Never drank it before either. But mushrooms? Yum.

    1. Me too Ivy, but I also enjoy wine and it certainly gives a good flavour to many things. Of course there are lots of sweet wines out there which would be totally unsuitable for anything but dessert. I have a friend who is an alcoholic so I have to be very careful about entertaining that couple. No wine in their food.

    2. I can't get past the yucky smell. But I do understand that it lends to dishes, nicely. But with the smell at my nose saying, no, no, no, I never drink any.

      Great day here today. Sunny and bright and a tee-shirt kinda day. So much different from the weekend.

  4. I love the flavor of mushrooms in my gravy and meat. So yummy.

    1. Me too Shelly, I always use them.