I give you the ultimate man-pleasing meal for a special evening with your hubby—a juicy steak, with a savory, creamy mushroom sauce!This is easy, even if you have never pan-seared a steak or cooked mushrooms before, and you will amaze yourself. The mushrooms we chose for our sauce were Creminis, which are more flavorful than white button mushrooms. They are a great choice for a sauce to lavishly pour over your steak. When you make this, be sure to go ahead and dip your bread in the extra sauce. Yes, mop up your plate, for you are at home and no one can see you!
We fixed this the other night, cooking the sauce first, and then the steak. We couldn’t get over how wonderfully satisfying it all tasted. It made us say, “Ahhh yes, the good life!” The little roasted potatoes complemented it well. We have tried so many different sauces, like red wine or red wine and mushroom, and some were okay, but this one exceeded our expectations. And one of the great things about this particular sauce is that it is Wonderful on just about anything!
Creminis are also known as baby Portabellas, and certified organic mushrooms are best, to avoid pesticides, etc. Choose ones that are firm, plump, brown, and clean. They offer a delicious flavor addition to beef, wild game and vegetable dishes.
Care and cleaning of mushrooms:
Food experts say it is best to keep them in a partially open paper bag, in the refrigerator, and use within a few days. Two things to watch out for are discoloration and a hardening at the edges.
FYI–1 pound of fresh mushrooms is equal to 6 cups sliced, which is equal to 3 ounces dried mushrooms.
All mushrooms only soak up a small amount of water in cleaning (according to Alton Brown). Clean by running water over them while rubbing with your fingers, and pat with a paper towel. Then cut off the bottom of the stem, or break off the stem and discard.
Health benefits of mushrooms
They shine in strengthening and regulating our immune system. They help reduce inflammation, and some cancers by blocking pro-inflammatory molecules. They can also lessen the production of estrogen (important in estrogen dependent breast cancer tumors), and can deactivate cancer cells.
They can help with cardiovascular disease by protecting our blood vessels from oxidative damage and blood flow problems. They can be a good source of B vitamins, phytonutrients, copper, selenium, zinc and manganese, and have antioxidant benefits.
*Prepare your Ultimate Mushroom Sauce first, then your steak.
For the Mushroom Cream Sauce: 2 tablespoons unsalted cold butter 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 teaspoon anchovy paste 1¼ cup sliced onions or ¼ onion, sliced 1¼ cup of sliced Cremini mushrooms, or about 3 ounces 2 tablespoons or 1 ounce dry white wine (Pinot Grigio) 1 cup chicken stock, low sodium 2 tablespoons unsalted cold butter 1 tablespoon cream For the Mushroom Sauce: Try out our Mushroom Cream Sauce Recipe and post your results below in the comments…
How to make a tasty Mushroom Sauce for steaks
For the Mushroom Cream Sauce:
2 tablespoons unsalted cold butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon anchovy paste
1¼ cup sliced onions or ¼ onion, sliced
1¼ cup of sliced Cremini mushrooms, or about 3 ounces
2 tablespoons or 1 ounce dry white wine (Pinot Grigio)
1 cup chicken stock, low sodium
2 tablespoons unsalted cold butter
1 tablespoon cream
For the Mushroom Sauce:
Try out our Mushroom Cream Sauce Recipe and post your results below in the comments…