Everyone loves a good gravy, so much so that a mere mention of the word makes us start to drool. A delicious brown sauce that we pour over some of our favorite comfort foods, like mashed potatoes or steak, is downright irresistible. A mushroom gravy is another classic crowd pleaser; earthy mushrooms add a wonderful texture to the richness of the gravy. But there’s a third sauce that we can’t live without and that is our mouth-watering creamy mushroom sauce. If there is one way to jazz up a meal it is with this savory, creamy, and absolutely heavenly gravy poured over top of some of our favorite meats. Could there be anything more drool-worthy?!? Here’s how we do it.
We start first with a sauté of mushrooms, onions, and garlic with butter and olive oil. We don’t want the onions to caramelize but we do want them to soften. Mushrooms are like sponges and will soak up liquid and flavor, which is why we add them at this point, so they can soak up the oniony-garlic flavor. Next comes the chicken broth, we’ll use vegetable if that’s what we have in the pantry or for a little more dynamic flavor we’ll use a dry white wine instead. Be sure to stir up any bits of flavor left in the pan from the sautéed vegetables. Finally, what makes this sauce so decadent is the addition of heavy cream. We bring this to a bubble in the pan then reduce the heat and let it simmer and thicken. Once the sauce has reduced a bit, we’re ready to dive right in!
This sauce is great for a weeknight dinner but is also something we like to serve for a bit of delicious drama at a dinner party. Creamy mushroom sauces like this go well with most proteins, our go-to with this mushroom gravy is typically a steak but we also absolutely adore it with drizzled over pork chops or chicken breast, and let’s not forget pasta! A sauce like this will elevate a meal from ordinary to extraordinary. The best part is how simple it is to bring together. When we want to make a meal extra special, then this creamy mushroom sauce is a no-brainer.
Creamy Mushroom Sauce
25 minutes to prepare serves 4-6
- 1 medium yellow onion, diced
- 3-4 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 cups crimini mushrooms, thinly sliced
- 1 cup low sodium chicken or vegetable stock
- 2 cups heavy cream
- ¼ teaspoon kosher salt (more to taste)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- Sauté onion, mushrooms, and garlic in butter and olive oil over medium high heat, 2-3 minutes.
- Add stock and bring to a simmer, stirring up an bits from the pan. Add heavy cream and salt, and bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer for 5-10 minutes or until sauce has thickened.
- Serve over pork, chicken or steak. Enjoy!
Recipe adapted from Genius Kitchen.