Tuscan Butter Mushrooms in creamy garlic sauce use simple ingredients to make one of the most delicious recipes ever.
This rich sauce is full of all life’s best ingredients – butter, heavy whipping cream, and mushrooms and is an addictive and easy side dish ready in 15 quick minutes.
Why you will love making Tuscan Butter Mushrooms
Mushrooms are one of the most underrated side dish recipes. They taste just as great raw as they are cooked and with so many mushroom types out there, can really be versatile.
Gobble up as a complement to a fancy meal or spread on a steak, these full robust flavor garlic mushrooms simply go with anything and everything!
- Bacon– The bacon in this dish is twofold. It first allows for a crispy topping and provides grease versus olive oil. The bacon grease gives excellent flavor and helps saute the garlic and white mushroom.
- Minced garlic – Garlic is measured in your heart, so feel free to include even more if you like! Another way to bring up the incredible garlic taste is to learn how to roast garlic and adding fresh garlic cloves.
- Butter– Cannot have creamy sauce with rich butter without butter! We use unsalted butter in our dish.
- Fresh mushrooms– It is essential to clean mushrooms before adding them to the cast iron pan. White button mushrooms & cremini mushrooms are the same kind (just age difference) and feel free to pick up either one. As a note, they are often called Baby Bellas in some stores.
- Seasonings: Paprika, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, kosher salt, and black pepper.
- Heavy whipping cream– The super garlic creamy mushroom sauce needs no substitution for heavy cream. In the case of this recipe, milk or half and half will not make a quality sauce.
- Topping ideas: Serving as a fancy side? Try topping with fresh herbs like chopped fresh parsley and thyme plus a bit of shredded Parmesan cheese.
How to make Butter Mushrooms in Creamy Garlic Sauce
- Add uncooked bacon to a skillet and cook until crispy. While there are many other ways to cook bacon, like air-fried bacon and bacon in the oven, in this case, keep it in the cast-iron skillet.
- Remove pan from heat and drain on paper towels. Keep bacon grease in the pan. Crumble the bacon when cool.
- Add minced garlic (or cloves garlic) to the bacon grease and cook for 2 minutes until browned and fragrant.
- Add butter, white button mushrooms, paprika, garlic powder, and cayenne pepper.
- Season with salt and pepper.
- Heat to medium heat for a cooking time 5-7 minutes, occasionally stirring until delicious mushrooms are tender. Mushrooms will also cook and change to a golden brown color in this process for caramelized flavor.
- Once mushrooms are done cooking, stir in heavy whipping cream and heat for 2 minutes until hot.
- Top the entire mushroom side dish with chopped fresh parsley and crumbled bacon. Serve buttery mushrooms immediately.
Stand-alone Butter Sauce
And while this creamy garlic sauce makes these cooked mushrooms the best deep-flavored side dish ever, it’s also fantastic when the mushrooms are replaced with mussels, shrimp, or even gnocchi!
Additional Flavor – While the sauce is perfect on its own, feel free to experiment by adding a little chili pepper flakes, a dash of white one, Italian seasoning, or some rich balsamic vinegar.
Getting creative with Tuscan mushrooms (and any favorite recipe) can enhance the savory flavor and produce the most tender mushrooms ever.
Best way to clean mushrooms.
You may be asking yourself if you have to clean mushrooms. The answer is yes!
Mushrooms are ground-bearing vegetables and typically come from the store with dirt. While the creamy butter sauce will likely cover all the dirt, the idea of it makes me want to clean the mushrooms well.
Sometimes rinsing does work, but I often find that dirt can stick to the mushroom’s outer shell when it comes to whole mushrooms. If this is the case for you, use a damp paper towel (or damp cloth) to remove any dirt.
What kind of mushrooms works well?
The easiest and creamiest mushrooms are white button mushrooms. They are usually white (called button) or brown mushrooms, called cremini.
Other mushroom options saute just fine like wild mushrooms, shitake (great for soups), or portobello, which are super rich and go perfect with a creamy garlic butter sauce.
Best Way to Caramelize Uncooked Mushrooms.
As always, when cooking any vegetable in a group, the mushrooms need to be similar in size. If there is one super large one in the pack and one super small one, they can cook and caramelize at different rates.
Do not over-stir Tuscan Butter Mushrooms.
When it comes to browning up mushrooms, they need to sit on the pan for a bit to get all sides. The entire cooking and sauteing of a mushroom takes 5-7 minutes of cook time, so stir only every few minutes to cook all sides evenly.
What to serve with Creamy Garlic Mushrooms.
A true mushroom lover will know exactly what to do with all this fantastic flavor!
Mushroom dishes also work fantastic as garlic mushroom tapas!
Related Mushroom Recipes
- Also great as a steak topping, this is a super simple sauteed mushroom and onions recipe.
- You won’t believe how cute this holiday mummy mushroom recipe is!
- Top-rated side dish with portobello mushrooms.
- Super savory mushroom casserole and crunchy panko topping.
- Cooking mushrooms on a grill has never been easier.
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