Anyone that's ever been to an expensive steak place knows that one of the best things in the whole world to put on top of a lovely chunk of perfectly cooked meat is a beautiful compound butter. For the purposes of this, I will pretend "compound butter," which means something quite specific, means "flavored butter." Since "compound butter" melts directly on the hot, grilled meat, I will further take "flavored butter" here to mean "melted flavored butter," i.e. "butter-based sauce-like topping." If I had called this post "Mushroom Butter-Based Sauce-Like Topping," it would have lost 98.3% of its appeal (I'm a mathematician, so I made that number up just like any regular person could have done). This is, in fact, very similar to something I did recently, although I took it in a slightly different direction this time and made something lovely, proving that creativity often lives in variations on the uncreatively reused ideas from last week. Then I decided it needed its own spotlight. Too bad I'm not good enough at Photoshop (and don't own it) to put a spotlight shining on the picture I took of the sauce-like stuff cooking. Thus, imagine there's a spotlight, and let it be as glorious as you know this thing tasted!
There it is, bubbling away. There isn't too much in there:
- three white mushrooms, halved and sliced very thinly;
- a clove of garlic, smashed, chopped finely (first) and added last;
- an "edge" of a medium onion (1/4 c.-ish), sliced thinly and halved (about an inch long and paper thin);
- three or four tablespoons of unsalted butter;
- salt and black pepper to taste;
- about three tablespoons of nice red wine vinegar (substitute your favorite flavor of vinegar depending on the dish you're making).
- steak (wow, yes);
- burgers (I know; I did it);
- meatloaf (hmm... that's a better idea than I thought when I decided to type it...);
- chicken (baked or grilled);
- pork chops or roast;
- sliced roast beef (also known as "Reason Number Three not to be vegetarian");
- pasta (if I doubled or maybe tripled the recipe, particularly if I did it with thinly sliced grilled chicken and fresh chopped tomato added at the last second so it barely warms up and doesn't cook);
- scrambled eggs or a scrambled egg burrito if you don't mind it dripping with buttery awesome.