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Comfort Food: Sauteed mushrooms in vermouth over crusty french bread toast


I needed some comfort food on Monday night but was not in the mood to get too involved in cooking anything that took longer than … what, a few TV commercials?  I fell back on my reliable go-to instant comfort food, Mushrooms on Toast.  This is a pretty simple recipe, but still works its magic when needed.   I try to mix up the variety of mushrooms in the recipe and I happened to have left over shiitake, button and baby bellos used in a mushroom tart on the weekend, so they became the mushrooms of choice. If I were being ambitious I would serve this with a small green salad and Green Goddess Dressing.


4 cups fresh mushrooms: white, baby bello, and shiitake

4 Tbl butter

2 Tbl flour

1 Tbl olive oil

Pinch of Salt

4 slices sourdough french bread

Splash of dry vermouth

1/2 tsp Worcestershire Sauce

1/4 cup sour cream

3/4 cup heavy cream

1 Tbl chopped parsley

Juice of 1/2 small lemon

1/8 tsp each of celery salt and onion powder

1 clove garlic – cut in half

3 Tbl slivered chives (chop on diagonal)


1. Clean and wipe dry the mushrooms.  Cut off end (but not the whole stem) and slice the mushrooms.

2. Add olive oil and 2 Tbl butter to pan, add mushrooms, and brown on high heat for 2 minutes and then turn down to medium and cook till they have a nice brown edge to them.  Add healthy splash of dry vermouth (about 2 or 3 Tbls) and let the alcohol cook down for about a minute.  Remove mushrooms to a plate and cover to keep warm.

3. Cut medium thick slices of french bread and put under broiler – toast both sides.  When done, run the cut piece of garlic clove over each slice.

4. Add 2 Tbl of butter to pan and then 2 Tbl of flour to make a roux.  Blend and then slowly add the heavy cream (turn down the heat to Medium), stirring constantly.  Add 1/8 tsp of celery salt, and 1/8 tsp of onion powder, mix and bring to a boil.

5. Immediately turn down heat to low and add the sour cream, parsley, lemon juice, and Worcestershire Sauce. Using a whisk, mix till smooth and lump-free.

6. Place two pieces of toast on plate, spoon some of the sauce over the toast and then place 1/2 of the mushroom mixture on top.   Drizzle a small teaspoonful of the sauce over the mushrooms and top with slivered chives.

Mushrooms on Toast with Vermouth Sauce

Serves: 2

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  1. Liz says:

    looks like a pretty fancy mushrooms on toast! If this is your simple comfort food, I’d love to see what you put out for guests :-)

    • Claire D says:

      It really is very easy and very fast – I just like a lot of “stuff” in the cream sauce and I have been making this since I was about 10 (only then I used canned mushrooms pieces as I wasn’t allowed to touch the Knives!) And oh yes, I didn’t use Vermouth then, I swear.

  2. Pining this now… I have been craving mushrooms lately. Can’t wait to try this, especially with the vermouth.

  3. ChgoJohn says:

    Quick, simple, and delicious. Sometimes that’s all you need for a very satisfying meal. I have to keep this post in mind. It will make a great “go-to” recipe when I just don’t feel like heating up a pan. Thank you. :)

  4. bakeaffairs says:

    This sounds wonderful!

  5. I need to get some vermouth, this wonderful recipe reminded me how much I like it. Must try!

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  7. Keith says:

    Could eat one of these right now!!

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