Quick Pan-Cooked Mushrooms
Prepared this way, mushrooms can complement chicken, fish, or pasta. The dish looks prettier when you use fresh, juicier mushrooms, but it’s delicious even if the vegetables aren’t at their freshest.
- 1 pound white or cremini mushrooms, rinsed briefly and wiped dry
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- Salt and freshly ground pepper
- 2 shallots, minced
- 2 to 4 garlic cloves (to taste), minced
- 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme or rosemary (or a combination), or 1/2 to 1 teaspoon dried
- 1/4 cup dry white wine, such as Sauvignon blanc
1. Trim off the ends of the mushrooms and cut in thick slices. Heat a large, heavy frying pan over medium-high heat and add 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. When the oil is hot (you can feel the heat when you hold your hand above the pan), add the mushrooms and cook, stirring or tossing in the pan, for a few minutes, until they begin to soften and sweat. Add the remaining oil, turn the heat to medium, and add the shallots, garlic, and herbs. Stir together, add 1/2 teaspoon salt and freshly ground pepper to taste, and cook, stirring often, for another 1 to 2 minutes, until the shallots and garlic have softened and the mixture is fragrant. Add the wine and cook, stirring often and scraping the bottom of the pan, until the wine has evaporated. Taste and adjust seasonings. Remove from the heat and serve.
Yield: Serves 4
Advance preparation: You can make these several hours ahead and reheat. If they dry out, add a little water, stock, or wine to the pan when you reheat.
Pasta With Quick Pan-Cooked Mushrooms
Bring a large pot of water to a boil for the pasta while you cook the mushrooms as instructed above. Salt the water generously and add 12 ounces of pasta for 4 servings. Shortly before the pasta is ready to drain, remove 1/2 cup pasta-cooking water from the pot, stir it into the mushrooms and heat through. Drain the pasta when cooked al dente and toss in the pan with the mushrooms. Add 1 to 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley and serve, passing freshly grated Parmesan to sprinkle on top.