Well well WELL…..
I accidentally-totally-on-purpose made this luxurious pile of creamy, cheesy, buttery, mushroomy bliss a couple of days ago for lunch, and all I could do (besides sob like a baby) was imagine hosting a fabulous ladies’ luncheon and serving this with a bucket ton of rosé and a crisp kale salad.
It was like, ALL WORKED OUT in my head.
The inspo comes from flipping through this New England cookbook that I found on the coffee table the first night we were in our cottage. It looks old, which I love. The cover makes me giggle, which I double love. And it’s all about the food up in this area.
…Which we gathered from the title already SORRY OKAY.
I had to cook from it.
I found this recipe all about New England wild mushrooms and BUTTER (real butter. no fake tub stuff with alien electricity in it.), and New England cheese and cream and herbs and crusty bread and omg I’m in.
At first I was all GUNG HO about finding these specific wild mushrooms local to the region, then realized that nobody got time for dat, and found a fun “forest blend” container at the grocery store in Mystic. Boom.
Of course I tweaked the recipe juuuust a smidge, using all butter instead of a mix of butter and AWL, and halved the amount of cream. And maybe upped the herbs a tad. And I made this more of a two-person fancy lunch rather than a party app. But if you make this (WHICH YOU’RE GOING TO), tweak it to fit the amount of faces in your crowd!
It’s so simple. You’ll melt a couple of Tbs. butter in a medium pan over a medium heat. Once the butter bubbles and foams, throw in some thyme! Let’s infuuuuuuse the buttah.
Then add any sort of wild mushroom you can find. And honestly, if you want to stick with baby bellas, you’re still a good person. Make your life happy.
After a couple minutes, the earthy mushrooms are getting some nice brown spots in places, and are starting to become tender. So naturally you’ll add heavy cream. This is the only way.
Add that, and chopped chives! So noooow the sauce is infused with a subtle-but-fancy onion essence and remember the sobbing thing I said earlier? Right.
So apparently what they do up in this area, is sort of spoon the creamy mushroom heaven over some grilled or toasted crusty bread, and top it with grated cheese. I LIKE YOU, NEW ENGLAND.
I found an aged white cheddar from Vermont, but any cheese that fills you with glee will work.
This is unbelievable. It was for sure an indulgent lunch delight, but would be perfect for a dinner party or THAT LADIES’ LUNCHEON WITH ALL THE ROSÉ IN MY HEAD.
Just use real butter, because – well, butter.
(This post is definitely in partnership with Real Butter, but all ramblings and butter snarfing are totally my own. We coo?)