Sage and Sherry Creamed Mushrooms on Griddled Blue Corn
1 pound wild mushrooms
1 pound morrels
4 cups heavy cream
2 Tbsp. chopped fresh sage
2 Tbsp. dry sherry
Salt and pepper, to taste
1 1/2 cups blue corn meal
Cook the corn meal to a thick mush adding salt to taste.
Oil a 9-by-2-by-13-inch glass baking dish. Pour the corn meal mush into the dish to cover the bottom evenly, about 1 inch thick. Cool completely in dish before cutting. It's best if chilled overnight.
Put the mushrooms in a stainless steel pan large enough to hold all the mushrooms and the cream. Pour the cream over the mushrooms and bring to a boil. Add the morrel mushrooms. Bring to a boil again. Reduce the heat so the mixture is simmering. Cook for 45 minutes to 1 hour until the cream is slightly thickened. Stir often during the boiling and simmering to keep from scorching.
Add the sage and sherry and cook for 10 minutes more, stirring often. Salt and pepper to taste. Keep warm.
Cut the corn meal mush into 8 squares, then into 16 triangles. Carefully remove from dish to waxed paper. Heat a griddle or skillet (non-stick works well) on medium heat. Rub both sides of the triangles with olive oil. Carefully place the triangles on griddle or skillet. Brown well on each side.
Serve on eight small plates, two triangles on each. Spoon some of the creamed mushrooms on each and garnish with whole sage leaf. You can also serve this on a platter for a buffet.
The leftover creamed mushrooms will keep up to one week in the refrigerator. It is also good on chicken, fish, toasted crusty French bread - or be creative.
Makes 8 starter servings