Brussels Sprouts, Wild Mushrooms, Cream Sauce
We serve this Brussels sprouts with wild mushrooms and cream recipe every Thanksgiving. I'm not sure my kids would come home for the holiday if we didn't.
Every year we make them, and every year there are none left at the end of the meal - and we make a lot of them. Plenty of turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, peas, and stuffing for leftovers, but not these roasted Brussels sprouts.
What makes them so great is they are first roasted and then sauteed. Of course, the cup of heavy cream doesn't hurt, either.
It comes from Tasha DeSerio's article in the Oct/Nov issue of Fine Cooking and is called Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Wild Mushrooms and Cream. Just saying all that makes my mouth water.
Tasha DeSerio is a food writer from Berkeley, California, who co-owns the Olive Green Catering company. According to the cooking magazine, she "honed her skill for preparing seasonal vegetables at Chez Panisse, where she cooked for five years."
We try to find a variety of wild mushrooms each Thanksgiving to prepare this dish. Of course, you can use button mushrooms or just one variety of wild mushrooms. But when you have a selection of wild mushrooms, it adds much more depth of flavor.
Some of my favorite mushrooms include chanterelles, lion's mane, maitake, oyster, black trumpet, and hen of the woods.
Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Mushrooms and Cream Recipe
- 1½ pounds Brussels sprouts trimmed and halved lengthwise
- 5 tablespoons olive oil
- salt to taste
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
- ¾ pounds mushrooms cut into 1-inch wedges
- 1 large shallot sliced thinly
- ¼ cup dry white wine
- 1 cup heavy cream
- freshly ground black pepper
- Start by putting the oven rack into the center of the oven and preheat to 450°F.
Prepping and Roasting the Brussels Sprouts
- While the oven is preheating, place the Brussels sprouts in a large bowl and top with three tablespoons of olive oil and two tablespoons of butter. The original recipe has you do this on a rimmed baking sheet, but I find it easier and more efficient to work in a bowl. Yes, one more thing to clean, but you get better coverage.
- Spread the Brussels sprouts onto a rimmed baking sheet, season with salt, and roast in the oven for about 25 minutes or until the Brussels sprouts are nicely brown and fork tender. Remove from the oven and start preparing the mushrooms.
Sautéing the Mushrooms
- Heat a large fry pan (skillet, sauté pan) over high heat until sufficiently hot.
- Add one tablespoon of olive oil, two tablespoons of butter, and then the mushrooms in a single layer. Cook until the mushrooms are golden-brown and all the liquids from the mushrooms have evaporated. This takes about 8 minutes.
- Season with salt to taste, transfer to a plate, and reserve.
Finish the Dish
- Reheat the large fry pan over medium-high heat and add the remaining one tablespoon of olive oil and one tablespoon of butter.
- Add the shallot, a pinch of salt and cook for about 3 to 4 minutes until the shallot is tender.
- Add the white wine and continue cooking until the wine is reduced by half.
- Add the mushrooms back to the pan along with the Brussels sprouts and heavy cream. Give everything a stir, taste, and adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper.
- Let this cook for another 4 minutes or until the cream thickens to your desired consistency.
- Again taste and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper if needed.
- Serve right away.