This is a recipe my mom made for the restaurants she worked for. She was a cook from the time she was 16 ( only cook for a small private hospital) until she retired at 90. I have no idea how many people have enjoyed the meals she made in all those years. But I know she was happy to touch that many lives. Enjoy this recipe.
1In a large stockpot over medium high heat, melt the 4 Tbsp butter and saute the mushrooms and peppers ( 10 to 20 minutes). When cooked and tender remove veggies and any juices to a bowl and set aside.
2Melt the 1 1/2c of butter in the stockpot and add flour. Whisk together and cook over medium heat for 5 minutes or so to cook out the raw flour taste. Do not brown the roux. Whisk in chicken broth and sherry until smooth. Simmer until thickened. Remove pot from heat to make additions.
3Add cream and season the sauce to taste with salt and pepper, fresh grated nutmeg and a bit of cayenne. Add chopped cooked chicken and sauteed veggies to cream sauce and mix well. Return to heat to serving temperature (Do not boil) and serve hot over biscuits, toasted English muffins, toast points, or in puff pastry shells.
4Note: You may add other additional sauteed vegetables if desired. Suggestions include chopped celery, cubed carrots, chopped onion, and/or frozen peas. The traditional recipe includes only peppers and mushrooms.