Look What I Found In The Woods!
I was catering a rehearsal dinner for a wedding last week and on the menu was a platter of sauteed wild mushrooms for the table. Well I was out in the woods and found this, so I promptly returned the packaged mushrooms to the store. These were a hit, especially when I put one of them on a platter as a showpiece and told the guests they were about to eat it.
- 5 cups oyster mushrooms
- grapeseed or vegetable oil
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 sprigs thme
- 1 clove garlic, crushed
- 2 tablespoons chopped herbs (such as dill and basil)
- salt and pepper to taste
- Clean and dry the mushrooms well. Don't soak these ones in water because they are already like a sponge. Just get them damp with the spray hose on the sink. Cut them off the stem into desired sized pieces.
- Heat a medium-large pan over high heat with a small amount of oil.
- Drop in the mushrooms but don't overcrowd the pan (you'll have to do it in batches if you have as many as I did!)
- Don't move them around, let them stick to the pan and brown.
- Add salt and pepper, this will release more of the moisture.
- Add butter to caramelize the brown bits on the pan, along with the thyme and garlic. Keep the heat high so the water keeps evaporating.
- Let the mushrooms rest on a rack or on some paper towel to soak up the extra moisture. Add some chopped herbs and season to taste with more salt and pepper.