Saturday, December 24, 2011

Weekend Cooking: Mushroom Ragout

In this very hectic period, I have to admit that I am not cooking that much at all. I planned all easy and quick recipe last week, and this week I tossed the menu planning out of the window completely. However I made a vegetarian version of mushroom ragout. It is a thing that is often served on x-mas and New Years eve in the Netherlands but I haven't had it since I stopped eating meat. In the canned mushroom ragout they sell in the supermarket, there is still meat. Luckily Vegatopia provided :) Because the website is Dutch I will translate the recipe below.

Mushroom Ragout (serves 4 as a side)
- 500 gr mushrooms, sliced
- 1 clove of garlic, chopped
- 50 gr butter
- 25 gr flour
- 200 ml vegetable broth
- 1 tbsp thyme leaves
- some wine (optional, I left it out)

Bake the mushrooms in some oil on high heat until the moist has vaporized and the mushrooms are soft. Turn the heat low and add garlic, butter and thyme. Add wine, if using, and leave it simmer for a bit. Sift in the flour and keep stirring until you get lumps. Now add the broth bit by bit and keep stirring until it thickens. Add some pepper and salt if desired but we didn't because the broth adds enough. Serve with Turkish bread or toast.

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  1. Adding just a drop of soy sauce is nice too -- giving it an extra hearty flavour.

  2. I don't believe that I've ever had a mushroom ragout, so I very much appreciat this recipe -- it looks like one that I can do fairly easily. Thanks!

  3. Oh man that sounds good. I like serve this kind of thing over polenta. And I had no idea that mushroom ragout was a holiday tradition in the Netherlands. I wonder if I should add it to my New Year's eve dinner. Hummm.

  4. Oh my gosh, that looks so delicious! I would love that over pasta!

  5. I love mushroom ragout, yours looks delicious!
    Happy Holidays!

  6. Your ragout looks yummy! And, you're not the only one who tossed menu planning out the window this week. Aside from planning meals for when we had house guests, we've been nibbling our way through lots of treats and tasty 'leftovers.'

  7. Looks lovely! Hope you had nice holidays :)

  8. I agree with Gnoe, a splash of soy helps :) (and so does the red wine). It looks really tasty, should make it more often myself. Before my vegetarian days, my mom would get fill up those store-bought puff pastry "boxes" with canned chicken ragout. It was pretty good (but salty). Nowadays, I prefer my veggie ragout over white rice.