Here is a good and simple mushroom dish to keep in mind when planning company meals. Mushrooms are particularly attractive set around the roast chicken as a garnish. The mushrooms can be prepared ahead of time and serve at room temperature.
Mushrooms with Garlic & Parsley
- 4 Tbsp. olive oil
- 4 garlic cloves, finely minced
- 1 tsp red pepper flakes
- 1 tsp sweet paprika
- 1/2 lb. white button mushrooms
- 1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
- 1/4 cup dry white wine
- salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- 2 Tbsp. chopped fresh parsley
In a sauté pan over medium heat, warm the olive oil. Add the garlic, red pepper flakes and paprika and sauté for 1 minute until fragrant. Increase the heat to high, add the mushrooms, lemon juice, and dry white wine, stir well, and sauté until the mushrooms are cooked for about 5 minutes. Season with salt and black pepper, sprinkle with the parsley and serve.
Cultivated mushrooms require only a gentle washing in cold water and a quick trimming of the cut ends of the stems to be ready for use. Don't overcook: it makes them tough and tasteless.