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Caramelized Mushroom Stock Recipe
Caramelizing, aka browning the mushrooms, brings out the natural sugars deepening the earthy flavor with a slight sweetness and nuttiness that you can’t get with just simmering the mushrooms in water.
Allow the mushrooms and onions to caramelize, then push to the side of the pot.
Prep Time 10
Cook Time 50
Servings
Ingredients
  • 3/4 to 1 lb white or crimini mushrooms cleaned, see above for how to clean
  • 1/2 onion peeled
  • 4 large garlic cloves papery skin removed
  • 7 cups water filtered or boiled, and preferably hot
Prep Time 10
Cook Time 50
Servings
Ingredients
  • 3/4 to 1 lb white or crimini mushrooms cleaned, see above for how to clean
  • 1/2 onion peeled
  • 4 large garlic cloves papery skin removed
  • 7 cups water filtered or boiled, and preferably hot
Allow the mushrooms and onions to caramelize, then push to the side of the pot.
Instructions
  1. Pop the mushroom stem out, by turning the mushroom upside down, then push the stem to the right, then to the left. The stem will pop right out.
  2. Cut the stem lengthwise in half to give a flat surface.
  3. Cut the underside of the mushroom cap. If not using the caps for another dish, place the flat side of the cap on the board and slice into 1/4 in slices.
  4. Cut the onion in half and cut into 1/4 in slices
  5. Smash the garlic cloves with the back of the chef’s knife.
  6. Place about 1/3 of the cut mushroom pieces in the pan. Leave alone for about 1 minute, then add a few drops of water and the onion slices and stir.
  7. Allow this mixture of mushrooms and onions to get brown, about 3 to 5 minutes. There will be some sticking on the bottom of the pan (this is the good stuff). If it seems like it is starting to burn, add more drops of water and turn the heat down a little.
  8. Then push the mushrooms and onions to the out side of the pan and add the rest of the mushrooms and the garlic cloves to the cleared center of the pan. Add a few drops of water and stir.
  9. Continue to cook without stirring for a few more minutes. The mushrooms should have browning.
  10. Add the water one cup at a time, stirring after each cup. bring up to a boil, then simmer on low for 40 minutes with the lid on.
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