Grechka with Creamy Mushroom Gravy

This recipe for grechka (the Russian term for buckwheat) with mushroom gravy by 11th grader Jasurbek Ochilov, from Swenson Arts & Technology High School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was the Regional winner in the 2018 Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) Meatless Monday Recipe Contest. This year’s theme was “Go with Grains.”

Serves 6.

  • 1 cup toasted buckwheat oats
  • 2 cups water
  • 5 tablespoons butter
  • 2 teaspoons salt divided
  • 1 medium carrot grated
  • 1 small yellow onion, finely diced
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 8 oz package of button mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups milk (whole or skim)
  • black pepper to taste
  • 1⁄4 cup chopped parsley to garnish


Instructions for the buckwheat:

1. Rinse and drain buckwheat well.

2. In a medium saucepan, combine buckwheat, water, 2 tablespoons butter, and 1 teaspoon salt. Bring to a boil then cover with a tight fitting lid and simmer on low for 18-20 min. Reserve.

Instructions for the mushrooms and gravy:

1. Heat 3 tablespoons of olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat.

2. Sauté’ onion and carrot until soft and golden (5 minutes), stirring often.

3. Add mushrooms and sauté’ until soft (5 minutes), stirring often.

4. Increase to medium high heat and add and 11⁄2 cups milk, bring to a light boil.

5. Add salt and pepper to taste.

6. Melt 3 tablespoons butter and stir in 3 tablespoons flour in a small pan to make a roux.

7. Whisk the roux into the milk and vegetables. Stir until thickened.

Instructions for plating:

Spoon the buckwheat groats onto a plate. Spoon the mushroom gravy over the top. Garnish with parsley and serve.



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Nutrition Information

Grechka with Creamy Mushroom Gravy

Servings per Recipe: 6

Amount per Serving

Calories:  260

Calories from Fat:  164

Total Fat:  18.2g

Saturated Fat:  7.7g

Cholesterol:  18mg

Sodium:  972mg

Potassium:  462mg

Carbohydrates:  15.9g

Dietary Fiber:  2.8g

Protein:  6.7g

Sugars:  3.2g

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