This recipe is inspired by my sister. She loves mushrooms and she recently gave me some fennel pollen. I thought fennel pollen would add a nice flavor to marinated mushrooms. I've combined crimini or button mushrooms with shiitakes, but I think this would be great with any sturdy mushroom (chanterelles and hedgehogs come to mind). I've added some fresh herbs, radish, green onion, and capers to add flavors and textures to complement the earthy meatiness of the mushrooms.This recipe can and should be made the night before you want to serve it. It can be served atop crostini or bruschetta, mixed with pasta, served atop scrambled eggs, or however you see fit. —hardlikearmour
Test Kitchen Notes
Meg should be proud of her namesake mushrooms. Earthy and bright, hardlikearmour's homage to her sister is as versatile a mushroom dish as you'll find. We spooned it up warm straight from the bowl, piled it atop crisp crostini, and then wished for more so we could crown a bed of vibrant greens with it. We love the mix of shiitake and cremini, as well as the clever technique of cooking the mushrooms in a dry pan (we used a cast iron skillet with great success) so they really caramelize -- we may just be converts for life on this one. - A&M —The Editors
about 2 cups
2 tablespoons champagne or white wine vinegar
1 tablespoon capers, minced
1/4 cup finely diced radish
3 green onions, white and light green parts, cut into thin half-moons
1/2 teaspoon minced fresh thyme
1/2 teaspoon minced fresh marjoram
fennel pollen or finely ground fennel seed
freshly ground black pepper
butternut squash seed oil or sesame oil
In a medium heat proof and non-reactive bowl combine vinegar, capers, radish, green onion, thyme, marjoram, fennel pollen, pepper, and butternut squash seed oil. Whisk to combine, and set aside.
Wipe the mushrooms clean with a damp paper towel. Remove the very bottoms of the stems from the criminis or buttons, then cut the cap and stems into quarters or eighths so pieces are about 1/2-inch in size. Remove the stems from shiitake's and cut the caps into 1/4-inch pieces.
Heat a skillet over high heat and cook the mushrooms and salt, stirring frequently, until the mushrooms have given up their water. Continue to cook for a few more minutes, stirring, until they start to brown. Remove from heat and add the grapeseed oil. Return to medium heat and cook for an additional 5 to 6 minutes, adding the shallot in the last 3 minutes of cooking. The mushrooms should be softened but still have some texture, and the shallots should be softened.
Transfer the mushrooms and oil to the bowl containing the vinegar mixture. Stir to combine well. Allow to cool to room temperature, then cover and refrigerate. Flavors will be best once it sits for at least a few hours, and preferably overnight. Stir again before serving.
I am an amateur baker and cake decorator. I enjoy cooking, as well as eating and feeding others. I live in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with my husband and our menagerie. I enjoy outdoor activities including hiking, mushroom hunting, tide pooling, beach combing, and snowboarding.