This fried mushroom recipe, aka Champignons mit Sahnesosse, is one of the quick vegetarian recipes that's also a great German side dish for a traditional German meal. For this recipe, you can used canned mushrooms, but fresh ones taste so much better. Use about 1 lb. for 2 people because mushrooms lose so much moisture during frying that they really shrink in volume.
Loosing moisture during cooking is OK. It means that the flavour is concentrated! This method is a great way for cooking mushrooms. It's easy and so delicious.
Want a darker gravy with an absolutely wonderful taste?
Use the above recipe, but first, peel and slice a LARGE onion (or several smaller ones) and slowly caramelize in butter/oil. This can take about 5 - 10 minutes. Remove from pan and continue with the recipe. Return the onions to the pan just before you add the cream. You may need (or want) to add more cream to the sauce. Season and enjoy!
Be careful when you are cleaning the mushrooms. Do not let them soak in water. They are like sponges! They'll absorb the water. If you absolutely must use water, then do so in a colander with running water. The best way to clean the mushrooms is to use a brush. You can buy a special mushroom brush to make this easier.
As with many traditional German vegetable dishes, cream is used to make the sauce. You can omit this if you really want to, but it's such a treat to include it.
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