I have been wanting to create an ultra-rich vegetarian-based stock to use when making sauces as well as stews.  With Thanksgiving coming up and gravy on my mind, I knew now was the time.  I like to use mushrooms when I want to achieve that meaty substance that I get with homemade stock.  This recipe for a rich mushroom stock turned out even better than I thought it would and fulfilled all my expectations.  

Rich Mushroom Stock

All of my homemade stock recipes require a little extra time as well as love, and this recipe is no different.  Don’t expect to boil up some vegetables like most vegetarian stocks and call it day.  There is some roasting involved and then some simmer time on the stove.  The reward is a pot of flavorful mushroom stock that will be great to use in a variety of winter recipes. 

I used three kinds of mushrooms, cremini, shiitake, and dried porcini.  Each mushroom adds a little more depth to the recipe, think of it as laying flavors.  I also roasted the shiitake mushrooms alongside onions, carrots, and celery, as I do for all of my meat-based stocks.  Roasting before simmering adds a layer of flavor while adding a deep rich color to the finished recipe.

After roasting I moved onto making the stock by cooking the cremini mushrooms along with the roasted ones until caramelized, then I added aromatics, along with a little tomato paste, miso, and water,  Simmering all the flavors together for some time creates all the magic, don’t try to rush it.  This is the love part of the recipe that makes all the difference.   

The end result is a very flavorful and rich mushroom stock that can be used in stews, soups, sauces, or any recipe that calls for stock or broth.  I have used this recipe in gravies as well as stroganoff and everyone is always surprised there is no meat as it is so flavorful.

 

Rich Mushroom Stock

Ingredients:

3 tablespoons olive oil

4 ounces shiitake mushrooms, cleaned and cut into quarters

a yellow onion – the one I used was 9 ounces, peeled and quartered

1 large stalk celery, rough chopped

1 large carrot, rough chopped

8 ounces cremini mushrooms, cleaned and cut into thick slices

3/4 tablespoon tomato paste

1 tablespoon white miso

.50 ounces dried porcini mushrooms, soak in 1 cup of warm water for 20 minutes

1 bay leave

6 sprigs fresh thyme

7 cups of water

How To:

Preheat the oven to 425.

Place the shiitake mushrooms, onion, celery, carrot, and 2 tablespoons of olive oil into a large dutch oven.  Stir to combine.  Roast for 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes.  DO NOT LET anything burn.  If this starts to happen the oven may be too hot, lower the heat.  Everything should be caramelized and very fragrant. 

Remove from the oven and place onto the stovetop over medium-low heat.  

Add the cremini mushrooms to the dutch oven and pour the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive into the mixture and stir to mix.  Cook over low heat until caramelized;  about 15 minutes.  Stir often to prevent burning or sticking.

Add the tomato paste and miso, stir to mix.  Pour in the dried mushrooms along with the water they soaked in.  Add the bay leave, thyme, and 7 cups of water and stir.  Simmer over low heat for 1 1/2 hours.  

Season with salt and pepper.

Use as you would any other stock.  

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