Author Notes: This recipe was inspired by Martha Rose Shulman’s apple clafoutis. I was hoping to make a main-dish clafoutis for an early Sunday supper. I love mushrooms of all stripes, and especially sautéed in browned butter. You could easily just use the sherried mushrooms for crostini, or as a side dish to chicken or veal. If you’re making this on a weeknight, you can actually prepare the mushrooms the day before and bring them to room temperature while you’re making the clafoutis batter. I used a really nutty Gruyere that I like a lot, and about halfway through, the top was already browned so I covered it in foil.
Serves 4 as main dish; 6 as side
For the sherried mushrooms
- 1 pound assorted mushrooms, cleaned, stemmed and sliced (about 4 cups)
- 2 tablespoons butter
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 large (or 2 small) shallots, chopped fine
- 1/3 cup dry sherry
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
- salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
- In a large skillet, melt butter over medium-high heat and let it brown, watching carefully so it doesn’t burn. As soon as the butter is brown and smells nutty, scrape in shallots, turn heat down to medium, and stir and sauté till they soften. Pour in mushrooms, add ½ teaspoon of salt, and stir shallots and mushrooms together. Cook mushrooms with shallots and browned butter until they are soft and browned, turning occasionally. This should take about 15 minutes. When the mushrooms are browned and most of their liquid has evaporated, pour in the sherry and stir in the thyme, scraping up the brown bits on the bottom of the pan. Continue to sauté the mushrooms until the liquid has reduced and thickened. Taste and add salt and fresh-ground black pepper as desired.
For the clafoutis
- 3 eggs
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2/3 cup all purpose flour
- 1 ½ cups milk
- 2 ounces aged Gruyere, grated
- fresh ground black pepper
- Heat oven to 375. In the bowl of a mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, blend the eggs with salt until frothy. Add milk and mix well. Add the flour and mix until frothy and thoroughly incorporated, 1-2 minutes, scraping the sides of the bowl as needed. Pour the batter over the mushrooms. Sprinkle the top with the grated Gruyere. Grind a little black pepper over the top. Place the dish in the center of the oven. Bake until the center puffs and turns a golden color, and the clafoutis is set, about 30-40 minutes. (Cover with foil if the top browns too quickly.) Serve warm or at room temperature.
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Mushrooms