Something that I feel everyone should know how to make is a good quality basic mushroom sauce. Now you can use any mushrooms you like but for me you will be hard pressed to beat the fresh grown chestnut mushrooms from Merryhill Mushrooms.
A lot of mushroom sauces require you to use red or white wine to add flavour to the sauce and it does taste nice but, for me the majority of the flavour should come from the mushrooms themselves with other subtle flavours added.
This recipe will give you enough mushroom sauce to cover two good sized rib eye steaks. You will need the following ingredients.
1 tbsp vegetable oil
4-5 large chestnut mushrooms, diced
1 small onion, chopped
1tsp vegetable stock
80ml warm water
salt and pepper, to taste
Firstly in a frying pan heat half of the oil and fry your mushrooms for approximately 10 minutes at a medium heat until all the liquid has evaporated.
Add the vegetable stock to the mushrooms and stir into the mushrooms, reduce heat and simmer for another 10 minutes.
In a separate frying pan, add the rest of the oil and fry your chopped onion until they are soft and transparent. Tip them into the mushrooms..
Stir in the cream and add salt and pepper to taste. Simmer for another 5 minutes and serve hot over the top of your steak, this mix also works well with other meats such as chicken, turkey or pork.