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Mushroom Cream Sauce

Makes about 1-1/4 cups

This quick and easy creamy mushroom sauce is delicious with veal, pork, poultry, some seafood and pasta, examples of which are in the similar and related recipes. If using with pan-seared or sautéed meat, use the same pan, omit the oil if there is enough left from browning the meat and, for extra flavor, scrape up all of the browned bits in the bottom as you make the sauce. The herbs listed can be substituted with any herbs or spices desired, especially those to complement the dish you are serving.


Heat the oil or butter in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add the mushrooms and sauté for about 2 minutes. Add the garlic, salt and pepper; sauté another minute. Add the vermouth and reduce for 1 minute. Add the chicken broth, thyme and sage. Reduce by half. Add the cream and reduce until desired thickness, about 5 minutes. Serve immediately, spooning over the dish.

Notes: For preparations like this, I usually use cremini or other dark mushrooms because they add more flavor than white button mushrooms. However, any variety you prefer will taste good.