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Sherried Mushroom Spread

Yield 2 1/3 cups
Sherry and tarragon team with earthy shiitake mushrooms in this luscious spread that's best on crisp crackers.


  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 pound shiitake mushrooms, finely chopped (about 6 cups)
  • 2 shallots, minced
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup dry sherry
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh tarragon or 1 teaspoon dried tarragon
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • Garnishes: thinly sliced green onion, chopped fresh tarragon, sliced shiitake mushroom

How to Make It

  1. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat; add mushrooms and shallots. Sauté 6 to 7 minutes or until mushrooms release moisture. Sprinkle with salt and pepper; stir well. Sprinkle with flour, stirring to coat mushrooms; cook 1 minute. Add sherry, broth, and tarragon; simmer, uncovered, 10 to 15 minutes or until liquid is absorbed, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; stir in sour cream.

  2. Spoon mixture into a serving bowl. Garnish, if desired. Spread on melba toast rounds or crostini.

Christmas with Southern Living 2000