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Mushroom and Goat Cheese Gratin

If you’re following along, earlier this week I ventured out to the Dekalb Farmer’s Market and brought home a few bags of inspiration for the blog.  Our second meal resulting from that haul was grilled veal rib chops with this savory mushroom and goat cheese gratin.  Although the veal chops were delicious, the mushroom gratin really was the star on the plate (and how could they help but be, baked in these adorable mini-gratin dishes from the Le Creuset Outlet!)

Isn't this adorable?

This gratin has a nice medley of tastes, from the earthy mushrooms, smoky bacon, and the sweet tanginess of goat cheese and sour cream.  If you like mushrooms stuffed with bacon and cheese, just think, this is like having a bowl of those appetizers all to yourself.  Yum!

Ingredients (4 servings):

  • 12-16 ounces mushrooms (I used a mixture of cremini, shiitake, and oyster mushrooms)
  • 4 strips bacon, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • ~2 tablespoons shallots, minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/3 cup white wine
  • ~5 ounces soft goat cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 egg
  • ~1/4 cup sour cream
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Freshly grated Parmesan cheese, to sprinkle on top

Preheat oven to 400F.  Butter 4 individual gratin dishes or 1 1-quart gratin dish (or baking dish).

Cook the bacon pieces in a skillet until crisp.  Remove the bacon and set aside on paper towels.

Melt the butter over medium-high heat, in the skillet with the bacon grease.  Add the shallots and garlic, stirring continuously, until fragrant (about 1 minute).  Add the mushrooms to the pan, and saute until mushrooms are softened.  Pour in the wine, being sure to scrape the bottom of the pan while stirring to incorporate any browned bits.  Simmer until the liquid in the pan is reduced to a glaze (just coating the pan and the mushrooms).  Remove from heat.

In a separate bowl, mix the goat cheese, egg, and sour cream until smooth.  Stir the goat cheese mixture and the reserved bacon bits into the mushroom mixture.  Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

Spoon the mushrooms into the baking dish(es).  Top with freshly grated Parmesan cheese.

Bake for ~15 minutes, or until bubbly and browned on top. (May also be placed under a broiler for browning, once heated throughout.)  Allow to cool for a few minutes before serving.

Somebody say shrooms? HA! Then it must be time for The Flaming Lips! First up, one I haven’t heard – yet- but looks to be a mind expanding exercise…The Flaming Lips And Stardeath And White Dwarfs With Henry Rollins And Peaches Doing Dark Side Of The Moon. I mean really. Oklahoma’s biggest freaks, doing Pink Floyd’s DSOM…with Henry Rollins? And Peaches? Oh yeah!

And you can’t go wrong with the Lips 1999 masterpiece, The Soft Bulletin. Majestic, surreal, and really good freak out pop. Love it!

8 comments on “Mushroom and Goat Cheese Gratin

  1. I could eat four of those. They look awesome!

  2. alexboake
    April 8, 2012

    We just harvested the first of our Shiitake mushrooms that we’re growing on our small hobby farm, and they are SO destined to be in this dish.

    • alexboake
      May 6, 2012

      Hey Nancy–I made this for dinner tonight. It got rave reviews from everyone who tasted it! The shiitake mushrooms from our farm are meaty and substantial and they worked so well in this. Yum!

      • She cooks...He cleans
        May 7, 2012

        Thanks, Alex! We might have to try mushroom farming one day. We had your onion gratin last weekend and it was fabulous!

  3. Susan
    April 9, 2012

    I am so going to have to try this recipe!

  4. Carrie
    April 9, 2012

    Oh my. This looks right up my alley….so many of my very favorite ingredients in one dish. Plus any recipe with the word “gratin” in the title usually has my attention 🙂

  5. Eugenia
    April 14, 2012

    We had this tonight! It was lovely and very filling. My husband loved it too.

    • She cooks...He cleans
      April 16, 2012

      That’s great – I love to hear back from people that tried a recipe! Thanks for writing.

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