Food and recipes have always been a crucial part of our family. Sophie was my great-grandmother, the person who I was named after. She had passed away before I was born. She came here to America from Lithuania with my great-grandfather Jacob, probably around the late 1880's. Along with her came these delicious recipes, one being creamed mushrooms on toast.
I follow this recipe exactly as written even if I think I could skip a step because I am afraid that it might not taste the same. One time my cousin tried to jazz it up with spices - WRONG! big mistake. These are the most scrumptious creamed mushrooms you will ever have.
5 lbs white button mushrooms
2-1/2 lbs eastern potatoes
1 whole onion left whole
1/2 lb(2 sticks) Breakstone sweet butter - NO SUBSTITITUTES
3 pints heavy cream or enough to cover mushrooms & potatoes in the pot
cut mushrooms into pieces about 1 inch sq. and clean with water put in pot-cover with water and bring to a boil - strain out water
put mushrooms back in pot with whole onion-cover with water-bring to a boil-strain water and take out onion. Add the potatoes
While the mushrooms are being boiled to oblivion and these are the steps that you THINK you can skip(but DON'T) peel and dice the potatoes raw.
So, in the pot you now have the mushrooms and the raw diced potatoes, add the heavy cream to cover them and put in the 2 sticks of butter.
I never said that this recipe was for the feint of heart or dietetic!
keep on a low light and allow to simmer. The butter will melt. You can add salt and pepper to taste. while this is simmering, gently squash SOME of the potatoes - up against the side of the pot to thicken the cream. We really can't say exactly how long this will take but I have been known to have this simmering on a low light for a few hours. STIR every so often because you don't want the bottom to burn! The following day you can add a little milk to loosen them up for re-warming, if you want to.
serve over toast. YUMMY!
This is a dish that we have always saved for special occasions but my family wishes we could have it a lot more often.