Mushrooms and I have enjoyed a whirlwind love affair that has simmered down into a warm fuzzy appreciation. As a kid I would not touch a mushroom for money and the idea of consuming a fungus on purpose completely grossed me out. Times have changed and it was a creamy mushroom pasta that first helped me leave my childhood mushroom hating foolishness in the past, mushroom pizza’s inspired the first flickers of a crush and it was perfectly sautéed mushrooms over a steak that finally ignited my obsession.
Now I eat mushrooms pretty much every day, mainly the humble brown cremini. I like them all different ways in soups, as side dishes and in sauces. You will never see me pass up an opportunity up to peruse the mushroom stand at the farmers market. Foraging for my own mushrooms is a dream that I hope to pursue as soon as I find a willing guide, but for now I must be content just to enjoy cooking, eating and sharing the shroomy love.
I eat mushrooms because, they taste awesome, but they are also super nutritious! Not only are mushrooms powerful antioxidants they are loaded with selenium, folate and vitamin D. Mushrooms are the perfect assistant to our bodies way of repairing itself: nourishing our cells, DNA and liver. Depending on the variety, certain mushrooms are recognized for powerful medicinal properties, but like anything with the power to heal, mushrooms also have the power to hurt: so never eat a mushroom you are not sure is safe. That said, fall is a great time to dive into the land of cultivated and wild mushrooms and this easy recipe will be an elegant side dish for your holiday meal. We served these delicious sautéed mushrooms with our Revivalist Kitchen Harvest Dinner. Read all about that lovely meal here!
2 pounds assorted mushrooms of your choice: I used 1.5 lbs of cremini, bunashimeji also know as brown beech and king oyster mushrooms
6 Tablespoons butter
1 tsp sea salt
Chopped parsley or chives for garnish
Wipe the cremini mushrooms off with a damp towel and trim the stems. Cut the base off the bunch of bunashimejis to free them from the clump they are usually sold in and trim the bottom cut end of the king oysters. Cut the cremini’s into even sized wedges, depending on the size quarters or sixths usually works for me. Rough chop the bunashimejis and slice the king oysters.
Warm a large saute pan over medium high heat. When hot, add the cremini mushrooms first, then the butter & salt and allow to cook, stirring occasionally. To get a nice brown crust on the mushrooms they need to be cooked in one layer in a pan large enough so they are not over crowded. Mushrooms contain a lot of moisture and you want to let the moisture be released and evaporate. Once the creminis have began to color add the other mushrooms and sauté until brown, about 5-8 minutes. Top with herbs to serve.
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