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      This is a deliberately simple recipe because when I find a really choice, tender chicken mushroom I want to feature it, not overwhelm it with other flavors. You could, of course, use other mushrooms in this sauce, but the chicken mushroom is what turns simple into extraordinary here.

      For more about this mushroom, see: Foraging Chicken of the Woods Mushrooms.


      • 4 tablespoons butter (or vegetable oil), divided
      • 1-1/2 pounds young chicken of the woods mushrooms, cleaned and finely chopped
      • 1 shallot, peeled and finely chopped
      • 1/4 cup dry white wine or sherry
      • 1-1/2 cups milk (vegans can leave this out and double the amount of stock)
      • 1-1/2 cups mushroom or vegetable stock
      • 3 tablespoons flour
      • Several sprigs fresh or 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
      • Salt
      • Pepper
      1. Melt 1 tablespoon of the butter in a skillet over low heat. Add the mushrooms and shallot and cook, stirring often, until they have first released any liquid and then reabsorbed it, about 10 minutes. Add the wine and cook for another 5 to 10 minutes.

      2. Combine the milk and stock in a small pot and heat to a simmer.

      3. In a separate medium-size pot, melt the remaining 3 tablespoons of the butter over low heat. Stir in the flour and cook, stirring often, for 4 minutes. Remove from heat and whisk in the hot milk/stock mixture a little at a time. (If you dump it all in at once, it will clump.)

      4. Add the thyme, and return to the stove and simmer over medium-high heat for 5 to 10 minutes, stirring vigorously and often, until it starts to thicken. Add the mushrooms along with salt and pepper to taste.

      5. Serve over any cooked pasta, but fettucine is especially good here. Go lightly with the grated cheese, if any

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      sounds good – did u try it yet?

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        not this recipe yet, but the mushrooms I have. I fried them in butter and garlic. Almost like a steak lol

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      Wow, looks really good!

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