The Folklore Food Blog: Chicken Mushroom Supreme


The San Bernardino Mountains contain a lot of wilderness regions which saw substantial activity about 100 years ago. Where, miners and loggers worked to bring materials down to the Los Angeles basin. But, like most industries of that time, there was a high profit motive, and workers lives were not as important as they were now.
One day, a mine tunnel collapsed, trapping a number of men within. They were able to survive, after a fashion, by drinking water which seeped into the tunnels, eating rats, mushrooms, and their dead co-workers. They worked from within to dig themselves out, confident that on the other side, others were digging from the outside in. Well, maybe not that confident, since the mining company was not known for its compassion.
It took them a while, but they finally managed to dig themselves out. Then, the formerly trapped miners found two surprises. First, since they had lived in darkness for a long period of time, they could no longer stand the sunlight, and their eyes were pure white—no color except for their pupils, which were dilated. Second, not one man had lifted a shovel to dig them out.
They then made a pact, these men, to take revenge on those who had abandoned them. Soon after, mysterious instances of men being killed in the mountains occurred. These men were usually found mauled, bloody and torn. Close examination showed the teeth marks on them were from human teeth. One man was even beaten by his arm which had been torn off at the shoulder.
Soon thereafter, the mining company went out of business: No one was willing to work in those mountains, and even groups of men at night were at risk. Rumor had it that the White-Eyes were out for blood.
Now, since this happened about 100 years ago, and since only men were working in the mines, there should be no more White-Eyes around. So, we’re safe—or are we? Several years ago, a hiker was found mauled on the trail, with human teeth marks.

Chicken Mushroom Supreme
4 boneless chicken breasts
1/3 pound mushrooms sliced
1/2 cup white wine
salt and pepper to taste
1 tbs olive oil
Pre-heat oven to 350. Season breasts with salt and pepper. In a cast iron pan saute breasts until golden brown on each side. Add the mushrooms. Add wine. Cover and remove from stove, finish cooking in a 350 degree oven, approx 15 minutes.

Sauce Supreme
5 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons flour

2 cups chicken stock
splash of white wine
Freshly ground white pepper
1/2 cup heavy cream

In a saucepan, over medium heat, melt 3 tablespoons of butter. Stir in the flour and cook for 2 minutes. Whisk in the stock, 1/2 cup at a time. Whisk until smooth. Season with salt and pepper. Bring the liquid to a boil and reduce the heat to low and cook for 15 minutes. Whisk in the cream and continue to cook for 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Remove from the heat and whisk in the remaining butter. Serve warm over the chicken breasts.


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