1 1/2 pounds mixed wild mushrooms, such as chanterelles, oysters and
shiitake, thickly sliced
2 tablespoons brandy or Cognac
3/4 cup low-sodium chicken broth
1 cup heavy cream
Salt and freshly ground pepper
2 tablespoons snipped chives
In a large deep skillet, melt the butter in the olive oil. Add the shallot and cook over moderately high heat until softened, 3 minutes. Add the mushrooms and cook, tossing, until browned, about 15 minutes. Add the brandy; simmer until evaporated. Add the broth and cook, stirring frequently, until reduced by half. Add the cream and cook until slightly reduced, about 12 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and stir in the chives.
Pasta, polenta or grilled steak, pork or lamb.
A smooth, lighter-style Italian white, like a Chardonnay, with earthy overtones will echo the woodsy flavor of the mushrooms in this sauce.