Biscuits & Mushroom Gravy

From Carrie Morey's hot little suppers cookbook

Biscuits & Mushroom Gravy

Ingredients

  • • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • • 1 onion, diced, skins reserved for stock (about 1 cup)
  • • 2 cloves Garlic, minced, skins reserved for stock (about 2 teaspoons)
  • • 1 pound mushrooms, cleaned and chopped with stems removed and reserved for stock
  • • 4 tablespoons butter
  • • 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • • Mushroom stock (see below)
  • • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme
  • • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • • Salt and pepper to taste
  • • 1/2 cup crème fraîche

Mushroom Gravy

I have served biscuits with this gravy for a Sunday supper for the five of us, and I have served it at events for hundreds of people. The reaction is always the same: so delicious! Biscuits and gravy has never tasted more sophisticated.

Did you know that December 14th is National Biscuits & Gravy Day? This dish may be a Southern delicacy, but it is slowly popping up at restaurants and in home kitchens across the country! 
Our Callie's Hot Little Biscuit eateries are known for their legendary sausage gravy, but when I'm craving something extra savory I make this mushroom gravy. It's the perfect vegetarian accoutrement for your biscuit board

Mushroom Stock

  • Reserved mushroom stems
  • Reserved skins of onion
  • Reserved skins of garlic cloves
  • 1 bundle fresh thyme (12 stems)
  • 1 bundle fresh parsley (12 stems)
  • 4 cups water

Instructions

  1. To make the mushroom stock: In a medium saucepan, combine mushroom stems, onion and garlic skins, thyme, parsley, and water. Simmer over low heat for 1 hour. 
  2. Strain the stock over a large bowl. Discard the solids from the strainer. You should have about 2 cups of stock in the bowl. Set aside. 
  3. Heat the olive oil in a 12-inch skillet over medium heat. Add the onions and garlic and saute until onions are tender and translucent, about 6 to 8 mintues. Add the mushrooms and saute untilt he moister has cooked off, about 10 to 12 minutes. The mushroom slices will be separet from each other and darken in color. 
  4. Add the butter to the skillet and stire until melted
  5. Add the flour and stir until evertyhign is evenly coated. Slowly add the mushroom stock, stirring constantly until the mixture is smooth and velvety. Add the thyme, parsley, and salt and pepper. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 30 to 45 minutes, stirring frequently. 
  6. Add the crème fraîche and stir to combine. Simmer on low another 10 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from the heat, taste for salt and pepper, and serve immediately over buttermilk biscuits.

 

Hot Little Tip

I like to use local oyster mushrooms, but you can use whichever kind you prefer.
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