A delicious and easy gratin with creamy, thyme-infused mushrooms covered with crispy, buttery bread crumbs and baked until golden brown and bubbly.
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided, plus more for buttering the baking dish
1 heaping cup fresh bread crumbs (from white sandwich bread, sourdough or a country loaf)
2 pounds cremini or white button mushrooms, washed and quartered
2 small shallots, minced
Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
2 tablespoons all-pupose flour
½ cup water
½ cup heavy whipping cream
Heat a 12 inch nonstick skillet over medium and add butter. Once butter has melted, transfer one tablespoon to the small bowl with the breadcrumbs. Stir with a fork to combine.
Add shallot to the remaining butter in the pan and saute until soft and translucent, about 2-3 minutes. Add mushrooms, increase heat to medium high and season with salt and pepper. Saute until mushrooms are browned and tender, about 10 minutes. Add thyme and stir to combine.
Reduce heat to medium low, add flour and cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute. Stir in water and cream and bring to a simmer. Season with additional salt and pepper to taste. Transfer mixture to prepared baking dish. Sprinkle with breadcrumbs and bake 10 minutes or until brown and bubbly. Serve.
Adapted from Scandinavian Cooking by Beatrice Ojakangas
Keywords: mushrooms, easy, gratin, simple, creamy, breadcrumbs, Nordic, Scandinavian