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Mushroom Sherry Cream Sauce

Mushroom Sherry Cream Sauce

Sherry Cream Sauce for Steak

This easy recipe for a mushroom Sherry cream sauce gives you a quick sauce that you can make if you need something tasty to accompany your steak. It is a bit different to a Steak Diane or a  Blue cheese sauce, and might be just what you are looking for.

In the photos below, I have served up a sirloin steak with some pan-fried asparagus and fried potatoes.

flambe the sherry
Flambéing the sherry

What is mushroom sherry cream sauce?

Well, this is a sauce I developed out of necessity after running out of brandy to make a Steak Diane. We had some cheap sweet Sherry from Tesco’s and I decided to try using that instead of Brandy. The result was quite satisfying.

I would not use a dry sherry to make this sauce, but you could substitute the Sherry with Madeira Wine if you have some available.

The difference with the steak Diane recipe is basically the type of alcohol and the quantities. Here I used fewer mushrooms but chopped them a lot smaller, and I used less cream in the sauce. But otherwise, there was not much difference in the process.

aged sirloin steaks
Sirloin steaks on the griddle

The taste was surprisingly different though, showing the importance of the alcoholic ingredient to the flavour. I personally prefer the Steak Diane, but my wife liked this version. They are just different.

mushroom sherry sauce
Mushroom Sherry Cream Sauce

The Sherry, having a lower ABV of 17,5%, as opposed to a 40% Brandy, was also a little bit more difficult to light when flambéing the sauce, and it seemed to burn a bit slower. But it did light, and I was able to burn away the alcohol in the Sherry OK.

What to serve with a mushroom sherry cream sauce?

Well, this is up to you. I think it did go well with a steak but it could also be an excellent accompaniment to chicken or pork, as an alternative to a Dijon mustard sauce for example.

sherry sauce for steak

Many of these sauce accompaniments contain some form of alcohol and the type of alcohol determines the taste. If you have never tried a sherry sauce, then why not try it now? 

If you do make this recipe, please let me know how you get on in the comments section below!

Enjoy!

How to make a Mushroom Sherry Cream Sauce

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sherry mushroom sauce

Mushroom Sherry Cream Sauce

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

This sauce is a slightly cheaper alternative to a Steak Diane gravy, and is a bit milder and sweeter in taste.

Ingredients

  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • 2 spring onions, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, finely sliced
  • 50g mushrooms, very finely chopped
  • Knob of butter
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 80ml Sherry (I used a 17,5% Jerez Cream Sherry, sweet)
  • 100ml cream
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

Instructions

  1. Heat the oil in a skillet. Fry the shallot, garlic and spring onion for about one minute on medium heat. Then add the mushrooms and butter and cook for another 2-3 minutes.
  2. Then, being very careful, add the Sherry to the pan and allow it to ignite. Do this by holding the pan away from you at an angle over the hob (if you are cooking with gas). When the flame dies out, stir the contents around the pan.
  3. Change to low heat and add the mustard and Worcestershire sauce and the cream and stir well. Heat for another minute until the sauce has thickened before serving.

Notes

The above quantities are enough for 2-3 helpings.

Use more sherry and cream if you prefer more liquid in the sauce.

Serve the sauce while still hot next to your steak. You can also use Madeira wine as an alternative to Sherry.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 309Total Fat: 27gSaturated Fat: 16gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 72mgSodium: 681mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 2gSugar: 6gProtein: 3g

This nutrition information was automatically calculated by Nutritionix, but may not be 100% accurate.

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