Mushroom Gratin

Total Time
1hr 5mins
20 mins
45 mins

This unspeakably delicious, meatless Russian dish is called Mushroom Julienne in Russian cookbooks. Serve it as an appetizer, a meatless entree or a light, late supper.

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  1. Melt the butter in a skillet and saute the onions until they begin to color, about 8 minutes. Add the mushrooms and saute until they release their liquid, then until it is evaporated and mushrooms are nicely browned, about 18 minutes. Stir in the vermouth and cook for 3 minutes.
  2. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
  3. Stir the sour cream, 1/2 cup of the white sauce, the chives, nutmeg, fennel seeds and salt and pepper. Mix well. Cook for 3 minutes.
  4. Divide the mixture among 4 ovenproof ramekins or custard cups. Spread a tablespoon of the remaining white sauce over each portion and sprinkle generously with Gruyere. Bake for 15 minutes or until bubbly and browned.