I make mine with shiitake mushrooms. I love the consistency and texture.
However, what I love is that it can be prepared to a certain point the night before and put the finishing touches at the last minute. How great is that?
What are shiitake mushrooms?
They are edible mushrooms or fungi. A native of Japan and China. They can also be found in the United States, Canada, and Singapore.
Tan to dark brown with caps that grow between 2 to four inches wide.
Enjoyed as a vegetable, shiitake are fungi that grow naturally on decaying hardwood trees.
You can find them fresh or dried. I do prefer the fresh one overall.
What is shiitake mushroom good for?
They are excellent as they support your immune system. Rich in polysaccharides such as lentinan and beta-glucans. These compounds protect against cell damage, help your immune system, and boost cell production.
Very low in calorie content as well.
Is shiitake mushroom the same as oyster mushrooms?
Oyster mushrooms have a milder flavor, and their texture resembles and feels like a sea oyster.
On the other hand, shiitake mushrooms have a more robust and meaty flavor. The fibrous stems are generally discarded or used to flavor broths.
Can shiitake be eaten raw?
Yes, you can. However, their flavor is more pronounced and enjoyable when they are cooked. The cooked mushroom tastes richer, meather, and super tender when cooked.
Mix flour and Sherry in a small bowl until smooth paste forms. Cover flour paste lightly.
Melt butter in a heavy large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms and rosemary: sauté until mushrooms begin to soften, about 3 minutes. (Can be prepared 3 hours ahead.) Let paste and mushrooms stand at room temp.
Transfer pan juices to an 8-cup glass measuring cup. Spoon off fat and discard. Add enough chicken broth to pan juices to measure 5 cups; add to saucepan with mushrooms.
Add flour paste and whisk to combine. Bring mixture to boil, stirring frequently. Boil until thickened to a light gravy, about 10 minutes.
Mix in cream, thyme, and tarragon. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve with turkey.
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Originally released on November 10, 2020. Updated on September 11, 2022.