Sautéed Mushrooms with Shallot and Thyme
Why This Recipe Works
Sautéing mushrooms the usual way means piling them in a skillet slicked with a couple of tablespoons of oil and waiting patiently for them to release their moisture, which then must evaporate before the mushrooms can brown. Instead, we accelerate the process by adding a small amount of water to the pan and steaming the mushrooms, which allows them to release their moisture more quickly. The added benefit of steaming them is that the collapsed mushrooms won't absorb much oil; in fact, ½ teaspoon of oil was enough to prevent sticking and encourage browning. And because we used so little fat to sauté the mushrooms, we were able to sauce them with a butter-based reduction without making them overly rich. Adding broth to the sauce and simmering the mixture ensured that the butter emulsified, creating a flavorful glaze that clung well to the mushrooms.