Friday, January 8, 2010

Garlicy sauteed 'shrooms

My husband and sister LOVE mushrooms. Me, not so much. But being a good and kind Kitchen Witch I make them garlicky sauteed mushrooms from time to time. Even a mushroom hater like myself has to admit that these morsels smell heavenly when cooking.

For those of you who are wondering why the Kitchen Witch is a hater to the 'shrooms, well the reason is this: I can't get behind their spongy texture. And while their flavor isn't my favorite on their own, I will include mushrooms in some dishes for a background flavor. I just share my 'shrooms with those around me who dig them.

Sissy and Spouse tell me that the garlic infused oil/butter is the bomb. Its delicate and gives a garlicky perfume to the dish, not as much of an IN YOUR FACE punch that garlic can sometimes give. They also agree that the mild garlic enhances the 'shrooms 'mushroomieness' nicely and lets the mushroom be the star of the dish.

I use a combo of EVOO and butter, the EVOO has a higher smoke point than the butter, so the butter has less chance of burning. I keep the butter in for 2 reasons: flavor and browning assistance. The milk solids in the butter really help the 'shrooms develop a nice brown color. Just make sure your 'shrooms are very dry before putting into the hot fat, as they hold a lot of water and make browning difficult. The browned garlic can be reused on garlic toast, in a bruschetta or even as a topping on your pizza if you like.

Garlic sauteed 'shrooms

1/2 lb cremini mushrooms (baby portabellas)
1.5 T EVOO
1 T butter
1 garlic clove, crushed but still whole
1/4 t Kosher salt

Heat the oil, butter and garlic in a small sautee pan. Allow the garlic to get golden and remove.

Add cleaned mushrooms to the hot oil. Allow to sautee about 8-10 min on 1st side, until the are nice & browned. Flip & continue cooking until 2nd side is browned.

Sprinkle cooked mushrooms with Kosher salt, about 2 pinches (1/8 to 1/4 t).

Notice the way the salt flakes cling to the mushrooms? This assures that you'll get a nice salty flavor in every bite!

Nutrition Facts
2 Servings
Amount Per Serving
Calories 155.4
Total Fat 16.1 g
Saturated Fat 5.0 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1.1 g
Monounsaturated Fat 9.1 g
Cholesterol 15.5 mg
Sodium 3.2 mg
Potassium 164.6 mg
Total Carbohydrate 2.6 g
Dietary Fiber 0.6 g
Sugars 0.9 g
Protein 1.7 g


becky said...

these mushrooms are so good...i love the color, the texture, the deliciousness that is a garlicky mushroom - thanks for making them, sissy!!!

Sweet P said...

gosh mushrooms and garlic, my two favorite things in the world. Can't wait to try them!

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