Julia Child’s Sautéed Mushrooms in Madeira Sauce

2017-08-02
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  • Cuisine : French Cuisine
  • Course : Main Dish, Vegetarian
  • Difficulty : Easy
  • Category : Course
  • Servings : 3
  • Preparation Time : 10 Minutes
  • Cooking Time : 20 Minutes
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Julia shows us an appetizing way of using mushrooms in a brown Madeira sauce, a traditional French recipe that is one of my favorites 
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About this recipe

A delicious dish that Julia says can be used with a piece of filet mignon, or with sautéed chicken livers, or another piece of meat.
I like this dish so much that I eat it by itself, not meat needed at all to make your tastebuds go crazy. This dish is an old French style dish that you would find in traditional French restaurants, and it works beautifully at home for a nice diner
For those who want a 100% vegetarian dish, you may want to make your own brown sauce with a vegetable stock with no meat
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Julia Child

Julia Child, we owe you respect

This is a recipe of Julia Child.

I have a great respect for Julia, for the dedication to French Cuisine and her huge work to assemble the French recipes and techniques in her book. She acquired her knowledge while living in Paris and studying at the Cordon Bleu de Paris
Julia Child

Her book, a masterpiece

Julia spent many years in Paris and discovered the French food, and upon attending the Cordon Bleu, learned about French cuisine techniques.

After she moved back to the United States, Julia Child wrote her book "Mastering the Art of French Cooking", a masterpiece that is still a best seller that you still can find nowadays in all bookstores in the states. What an impressive undertaking !
Julia ChildIn fact, the book was written with two French ladies, Simone Beck and Louisette Bertholle.

These three ladies met in Paris and started an informal school "L'école des trois gourmandes" (The School of the Three Food Lovers).

When Julia appeared on television, she kept the same name on a sticker on her chest.
After writing her book, Julia appeared on American television in a series called "The French Chef"
Julia Child

Julia in Pasadena

I learned about Julia Child quite late : While I was living shortly in Pasadena for a class at the Cordon Bleu, my teachers mentioned Julia and her book.

Coincidence: Julia lived in Pasadena and studied at the Cordon Bleu (but that in Paris).

While in Pasadena, I decided to visit her place

House of Julia Child
625 Magnolia Avenue
Pasadena, California
Julia Child House in Pasadena
This house is not a museum but a private house
Julia Child House in Paris

Julia in Paris

And when I later visited Paris, (see my post HERE), I had to walk by the place she had been living in Paris...

House of Julia in Paris
81, rue de l'Université
75007 Paris
France
Julia Child MovieYou probably saw the movie about Julia Child "Julie and Julia", starring Meryl Streep et Amy Adams.

To see the movie, you may buy it on DVD for instance HERE
A movie that you must see, I insist !.

Meryl Streep plays Julia Child, and delivers a great acting performance, as always...
Julia Child Movie
The movie shows Julia's life, including her days at the Cordon Bleu Paris
Julia Child Movie
Here, this is a picture when Meryl Streep (Julia Child) first arrives in Paris
Julia Child Movie
The house of Julia, in the movie, is not 'rue de l'université' as I told you earlier, the movie location was a bit further, and of course I had to see it as well, as I enjoyed very much the movie !

House of Julia (movie)
10, Rue de Seine
75006 Paris
France
Julia Child Movie at rue de seine in Paris
Julia Child MovieThere are other film locations to discover while in Paris : This article talks about those places
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Source of the recipe

Julia Child's book is a must-have...
Beef Stock of Julia ChildI initially thought the book would not be very useful, to be honest. However I changed my mind : it is very useful ! Julia captured the traditional recipes, and this information is important to us, food lovers
Beef Stock of Julia ChildYou can find the recipe on page 515

Modifications to the original recipe

  • I use

    Olive Oil

    instead of « oil »
  • I use 1

    Shallot

    instead of « one tablespoon » that Julia mentions

Ingredients

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½ lbs (8 oz) Button Mushrooms (227 grams)

2 tablespoons of Butter

1 tablespoon of Olive Oil

1 Shallot

⅓ Cup Madeira (77 grams)

1 Cup Brown Sauce (270 grams)

Steps

Slice the

Button Mushrooms

(½ lbs (8 oz) or 227 g)
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The Madeira Sauce

For the Madeira sauce, pour the the

Madeira

(⅓ Cup or 77 g) into a saucepan and boil it
Julia mentions that we want to boil it down until it has reduced by half (3 Tablespoons or 38.5 g).
However, as Madeiras are thicker in France, I think that you may want to reduce the liquid further until it has reduced to a third (2 Tablespoons or 25.6 g)
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Beef Stock of Julia ChildMince the

Shallot

(1)
In a skillet, melt the

Butter

(2 tablespoons) and the

Olive Oil

(1 tablespoon), then add the

Shallot

(1)
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Beef Stock of Julia ChildSauté the

Button Mushrooms

(½ lbs (8 oz) or 227 g)
Beef Stock of Julia ChildStir to brown the mushrooms
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Madeira

(⅓ Cup or 77 g) has reduced, add the

Brown Sauce

(1 Cup or 270 g) and cook

on low heat



For the brown sauce:
  • The recipe of Julia

    The recipe of Julia is HERE
  • Even easier

    Julia mentioned that if you don’t have a brown sauce, you can always take a chicken stock thickened with one tablespoon of cornstarch, to mix in a blender

All the recipes of Brown Sauces

Julia Child’s Brown Sauce
Beef Stock of Julia ChildDo not overcook ! Not more than

3 minutes


Beef Stock of Julia ChildStir this liquid in the sautéed

Button Mushrooms

(½ lbs (8 oz) or 227 g) and simmer a moment
The dish is ready to be served ! Bon appétit !
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½ lbs (8 oz) Button Mushrooms (227 g)

2 tablespoons of Butter

1 tablespoon of Olive Oil

1 Shallot

⅓ Cup Madeira (77 g)

1 Cup Brown Sauce (270 g)

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