Archive for August, 2012

The Magic of Mushrooms

Posted in Uncategorized on August 27, 2012 by eddieishaq

We just hosted a wine dinner in conjunction with Virginia’s very own Barboursville which turned out really well. First off, the wine was amazing. The reds were complex and the whites were refreshing and best of all – they were great wines to pair a menu with.

One of the dishes was a pan fried rockfish on a bed of braised white beans. Around it was a porcini sauce with re-constituted porcini mushrooms that had been sautéed with shallots and wine. At the end of the event, when I went in to say hello to the diners, so many of them had questions about the sauce and what made it so good. I figured I would share the recipe:

4 oz of dried porcini

2 cups of hot water

Combine the mushrooms and water to rehydrate the porcinis for 10-15 minutes.

Strain and reserve the hot water.

Then, mix 4 cups of homemade or store bought beef au jus and 2 cups of the reserve porcini jus and bring to a boil.

Slurry 3 tablespoons of corn starch with 3 tablespoons of cold water separately

1 shallot, 1 clove garlic, 1 tablespoon thyme,

Take rehydrated porcini and sauté with 1 minced shallot, 1 minced garlic clove, 1 tablespoon of chopped fresh thyme.

Then add that mixture into the sauce with 4 oz of butter.

Stay hungry my friends.