Contributed by: News Canada
Umami in mushrooms is nature's flavour enhancer (NC) - Umami, what's this? It's the 5th taste, according to David and Anna Kasabian, authors of the Fifth Taste. Umami (pronounced oo-MA-mee) extends the finish of savoury foods, making them linger on the palate longer. In other words, Umami enhances the flavours of the foods it is served with, like sautéed mushrooms with steak, or sliced mushrooms in a salad, it simply makes them taste better.
If you love food, and who doesn't, be sure to put Umami rich mushrooms on your weekly shopping list. Your taste buds will love you for it.
Try this tasty recipe; it explodes with the great taste of Umami.
This is the ultimate Umami sauce; serve with beef tenderloin, steaks or veal, pork or turkey scaloppini.
Preparation Time: 5 minutes Cooking Time: 10 minutes
In a large skillet heat butter over medium heat; sauté shallots for 1 minute; add mushrooms and cook 4-5 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove and set aside.
Add broth and wine; bring to boil and cook until reduced by about half. Add cream and cook until sauce has thickened slightly about 2-3 minutes or until desired consistency. Return mushrooms and heat until hot. Serve over cooked meat.
Tip: Substitute white part of green onions for shallots.
Variation: Substitute brandy or sherry for Marsala wine.
More great mushroom recipes are available online at www.mushrooms.ca.
Serving Size: Makes 4 Servings
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