Sunday, December 8, 2013

Gratin of Mushrooms

Prep : 40 minutes       Cooking time : 3o minutes     Makes 4 servings

A gratin makes it easy  to put food on the table  in no time  at all . Many of the ingredients are already cooked when the dish  is assembled .
A gratin  can be prepared  many ways  . It might  or might be topped  with grated cheese  or buttered bread crumbs . The vegetables can ensconced  in a custardy  base like  a crust-less quiche  (such as  Gratin of Green Beans)  or embedded in a seasoned white sauce . You ask what's on top ; Gratin topping  should be  long on crunch  and flavor . Sprinkle  them  with buttered bread crumbs  or use finely  chopped nuts  for a change  of pace . Parmesan , Cheddar  and Gruyere  cheese all melted  well and brown even better .

4               tablespoons butter or margarine
1               medium-size  white onion , diced
3               garlic cloves , minced
2               large shallots , chopped
1               pound  cultivated  mushrooms , trimmed  and thinly sliced
8               ounces  Portobello  or other mushrooms  , trimmed  and thinly slice
1              teaspoon salt
1/2           teaspoon black pepper
1/2           cup fine  dry bread crumbs
1/3           cup grated Parmesan  cheese
1/4           cup chopped  parsley

1.      Preheat  the oven to 400*F . In a 10-inch   skillet over  low heat , melt 1 tablespoon  of the butter . Add onion , 2 teaspoons  of garlic  and shallots  and saute until lightly brown ---about  5 minutes . Remove to a small bowl  and set aside .
2 .      Saute  mushrooms  in 2 tablespoons  of the butter  , in 2 batches  if necessary  , until  juices  cook out  and evaporate  --- about 5 minutes . Add salt , pepper  and reserved onion mixture  and spoon into ungreased  10-inch  oval gratin dish .
3 .      Melt the remaining  1 tablespoon  butter  in a small  skillet . Add to bread  crumbs  along with Parmesan cheese , the remaining  1 teaspoon  garlic  and parsley  and toss to mix .
4 .        Scatter bread crumbs  mixture  evenly  over  mushrooms  and bake  uncovered  for 30 minutes  .     


  1. I love making gratins! They always look great, and you can make one out of almost anything. Oddly enough, though, I don't recall every making one from mushrooms - I should! Thanks for the inspiration. ;-)

  2. Hi John , I also love gratins , you can let your taste buds take you everywhere , thanks for stopping by :)

  3. Dear Nee, This looks wonderful!!! I am a lover of mushrooms. Blessings dear. Catherine xo

    1. Hi Catherine , I love mushrooms so I decided to try it in a gratins , thanks for stopping by :)

  4. Dear Nee, Fabulous recipe and post..Love portabello mushrooms, well any kind of mushrooms! This is right up my alley! Anything that tasty, crispy, and has cheese is definitely in my book! Thanks for sharing..Blessing for a wonderful week! Dottie :)

    1. Hi Dottie , sometime I make Portobello burgers , they are delicious , thanks for stopping by :).


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