Mushroom Sauces and Gravies - Love at First Bite

Mushrooms, Anyone?

Neither my father nor my mother reportedly tasted a mushroom in their entire lifetimes. Not ever having them in the house (mushrooms, not parents), I first tasted mushrooms on my first pizza at age 18. They were delicious with the melted cheese. I will always remember the first pizza. In fact, I remember the first pizza better than the first kiss.

Mini-recipe

I sometimes like to melt together three cheeses, thin green bell pepper rings, thinly sliced Vidalia onions and mushrooms. Sautes the vegetables in a little melted butter and melt cheese over them ion the pan over low heat. Swiss, mozzarella, and sharp white cheddar are good together. You can also sprinkle a little Parmesan over the top once you dish the combination onto a plate. Sprinkle a little ground black pepper over the top and voila!

You can prepare this dish in a microwave by placing the vegetables (use canned mushrooms) attractively on a microwave-safe plate, arrange the three cheeses on top and cook 90 seconds to 2 minutes on HIGH power. Remove the plate and sprinkle on Parmesan and ground black pepper.

Ponderosa Mushrooms come from the Ponderosa Pine....

Pinus ponderosa, the Ponderosa Pine - wait I don't see mushrooms...
Pinus ponderosa, the Ponderosa Pine - wait I don't see mushrooms...
Armillaria ponderosa or the matsuke - Edible mushroom of the Pacific Northwest, growing among mixed coniferous trees and second growth Douglas firs.      Hmph! - Ponerosa Pine was an imposter, not like dear Mushroom.
Armillaria ponderosa or the matsuke - Edible mushroom of the Pacific Northwest, growing among mixed coniferous trees and second growth Douglas firs. Hmph! - Ponerosa Pine was an imposter, not like dear Mushroom.
No, not in Nevada. Another imposter!
No, not in Nevada. Another imposter!

Ponderosa Mushrooms

It was not until my work in management at the Ponderosa Steakhouses did I meet Mushroom Sauce. Dark, earthy, and delicious, it was the perfect gravy-like covering for juicy steaks - ribeye, sirloin, T-bone, Porterhouse, even chopped steak sandwiches.

OUR FIRST CONVERSATION:

I: Hallo, what's this?

He: WHO's this, you mean. Mushroom Sauce here!

I: I've never seen you before.

He: Have you never been in a steak house?

I: No, this is my first time.

He: Well, heat me up and you'll see what I can do.

I: You won't burn me, will you? Tomato sauce burned me badly once. It tooK a long time to heal form that one. I had to be careful around chili for some time.

He: No, I won't burn you - not unless you burn me first.

Customers: What does it take to get a little service in here?

I: Oh, right away. Right away! I had to make sure the sauce was perfect for you.

He: (chuckle) Hooked!

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Slow-Cook Chops and Mushroom Gravy

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 Crock Pot
  • Vegetable oil
  • 8 pork chops 
  • 8 ounces fresh Mushroom caps or sliced Mushrooms
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp white pepper
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp sage
  • 1, 12-ounce can of low-salt Cream of Mushroom Soup
  • 1 Tbsp dried onion flakes
  • White wine (optional - see INSTRUCTIONS)

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Heat a frying pan over medium high heat and then cover the bottom of the pan thinly with oil. Very lightly brown the pork chops, frying 2 minutes per side and removing to a platter.
  • Mix all the seasonings except onion in a cup.
  • Place chops two at a time into a crock pot and place 1/4 of the seasonings on top, followed by 1/4 of the mushrooms.
  • Add dried onions to the frying pan and mix with pan drippings. Add a little white wine to deglaze the pan if you wish and add the contents of the pan to the crock pot.
  • Cook chops on Low for 6-8 hours and serve,

...............Our Mission...............

The Night Hunting Jackalope. Save one today! Contact B.T. Evilpants, Emperor and rescue coordinator at the link above.
The Night Hunting Jackalope. Save one today! Contact B.T. Evilpants, Emperor and rescue coordinator at the link above.

Save the Jackalope!

Rabbit-Mushroom Sauce

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 Tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 3 pounds of Jackalope - OOPS! - rabbit, butchered into serving pieces.
  • 1 Large yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 scallions, sliced (all the white and 1/2 the greens)
  • 4 Rashers of bacon, cut into 1" squares
  • 1 Clove garlic, minced
  • 1 Cup dry white wine
  • 1 Cup cherry tomatoes
  • 1 tsp rosemary
  • 2 ounces fresh mushroom caps or sliced mushrooms, or 1 4-ounce can
  • Ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley

INSTRUCTIONS

  • In a heavy pot, heat EVOO over medium-high heat.
  • Brown meat in batches of 2-3 for 2 minutes a side.
  • Remove meat to a platter.
  • Add onion, bacon, and garlic to the pan and cook 2 minutes.
  • Pour in wine and add tomatoes and rosemary.
  • Stir and bring to the boil, crushing tomatoes somewhat with a large kitchen spoon.
  • Turn burner to low setting.
  • Cover pot and simmer 90 minutes until Jackalope melts - ACH! - I mean until the meat is tender.

 

The Early Ponderosa Story

In my management training class, we learned that there was a MdDonald's® in Kokomo Indiana back in the 1960s. Working there was a productive young man aged 19 with two years experience. He applied for the management training program and was tuirned own because the was "too young."

Angered, this man gathered support and opened his Scotty's Restaurant within a block of the Golden Arches. He reversed the prices of the fries and burgers -- high school and college kids always bought the more expensive fries and shakes after school and now they were buying fries, burgers, and shakes - all from Scotty's instead of McD. The young man, Dan Lasater, built three more Scotty's to surround his original employer and put that unit out of business.

Next, Dan partnered with Norm Wiese, opened the first Ponderosa Steak House in Kokomo, and after some ups and downs, retired at age 30 as a multimillionaire to Florida and raised racehorses. Ponderosa Headquarters moved for a time onto land at the Dayton International Airport. My training class gasped when we say that the CEO's private office was furnished with a bathroom that included a 24K gold landline telephone beside the toilet.

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cashmere 7 years ago from India

What's the 30 hubs in 30 days challenge? I know about mark's 100 hub challenge for himself.


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Patty Inglish, MS 7 years ago from North America Author

Its in a long thread now on the forums in Hubber's Hangout.


C. C. Riter 7 years ago

Hmmm cool story of Pondarosa. I hate you. I just found out last week I can no longer eat my Morels because they work just as well as my coumadin for thinning my blood. My protime level shot up 3X what it's supposed to be and now they are banned from my diet and I find that you have done this mouth watering hub. LOL dam it all anyway. got to love that jackrabbit huh? god I miss my mushrooms. thanks for a great read


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Patty Inglish, MS 7 years ago from North America Author

C.C. - What a horrible thing to find out you can't eat a favorite food anymore. I suppose your physician can't work them into your prescription levels, can (s)he? Evilpants can perhaps put pressure ontehy NIH and FDA to come up with a Morel-coumadin regimen :) Anyway, sorry you can't enjoy these dishes and I wish you well otherwise.


C. C. Riter 7 years ago

thanks Patty. all in good time. god i want them too, worse now. My son found a lot of them yesterday. :-(( LOL dam


Whikat 7 years ago

Yummy Patty, I will bookmark this one, until I can find the time to cook it. My tummy is rumbling and my saliva glands are working over time, and I just ate dinner. Can't wait to try it. I liked the Pondarosa story too.


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Paper Moon 7 years ago from In the clouds

Pavlovian Hubber! You ring the bell and leave me salivating. :)


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Patty Inglish, MS 7 years ago from North America Author

WOW! - I just thought this topic fun, but now I want to make these dishes again. Pavlov/reverse Pavlov?

Thanks for all the comments!


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The Good Cook 7 years ago

There are very few things I don't like but mushrooms is one of them! Thanks for the hub though.


Iphigenia 7 years ago

There is just something so sexy about mushrooms - like they have a secret life coming, as they do, from myserious places and having, as they do, a lot of myth and folklore attached to them.


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Patty Inglish, MS 7 years ago from North America Author

Mushrooms are certainly differnet from many other foods - so they are mysterious, indeed. And fun to use in a variety of ways.

Thanks for the comments!


casino3 6 years ago

First job, age 16, after school and on weekends (the "after-church" crowd, ugh) was at the original Ponderosa Steakhouse (unit #101) in Kokomo, IN.

I hated that job. Every second of it! But, for what it's worth, I guess I was a very small portion of the history there.

I understand from people I know who (sadly) still live in Kokomo that after it closed, the building house a Mexican place for a while and is now that's probably closed, too. The Hacienda, home of the Wet Burrito, has been right next door for 25+ years!

And I loved Scotty's. The Big Scot, The Royal Scot... Good memories!

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