A light, surprisingly satisfying mushroom supper
My British friend Siobhan gets her mushrooms from the woods near her house, but I just buy button mushrooms from the grocery store since I live in Oakland, Calif., and don't know a thing about foraging mushrooms. I suppose you could elevate this even further by using fancy mushrooms like porcini or chanterelles, but one of the beauties of this dish is that it really makes good use of the everyday, often-overlooked button mushroom. So try it this way at least once before moving on to the posh stuff.
In the classic formula, mushrooms are cooked slowly so they release their juices. Some parsley is thrown in toward the end, and the whole thing is spooned over toast, which absorbs the delicious mushroom juices.
I also break with tradition by serving mushrooms on toast for breakfast, lunch or dinner. It's especially good with a few slices of tomato on the side and a glass of rich red wine for a light supper.
MUSHROOMS ON TOAST
SERVES: One hungry person or two for tea
Prep the shallot, garlic and thyme. Have the wine and creme fraiche handy. Toast the bread.
Heat the oil in a large, shallow frying pan on high heat until it shimmers. Add all the mushrooms and give the pan a quick shake to distribute the mushrooms in an even layer. Let them sit without stirring to take on some color, about 1 minute or so. Watch carefully and lower heat if they begin to burn, but keep it as high as possible.
Shake the pan again or toss mushrooms to evenly color. Sprinkle on a pinch of salt and a few turn of the pepper mill. At this point, add the shallot, stir briefly and cook for 30 seconds. Add the optional wine, the garlic and half the thyme, and remove from the heat. The pan should be hot enough to keep cooking everything (the wine will probably evaporate on contact.)
Stir in the creme fraiche and spoon over the toast, garnishing with the remaining thyme. Serve with a few slices of fresh tomatoes, if possible, for color and acidity. Tuck in!
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