Champignons a la grecque
Champignons a la Greque, a greek style mushroom recipe, is a cold starter that will surprise you. It is a great way of preparing mushrooms that has gone out of fashion for no good reason. This cold starter was famous in the 80’s but is still delicious today.
- 300 grams button mushrooms (small or medium size)
- 25 ml white wine
- 25 ml olive oil
- The juice of half a lemon
- 50 grams of finely chopped onion or shallot
- 10 coriander seeds
- 10 black peppercorns
- A fragment of bay leaf
- A small twig of thyme
- Half a garlic clove
- 50 ml water
- Half a teaspoon of sugar
- 2 tablespoons diced tomatoes (optional)
- 1 tablespoon tomato paste (optional)
- Season with salt and pepper to taste
- Use a cheese cloth to make a diffuser bag for the spices.
- The dish has to be served at room temperature or slightly cold, but not fridge cold.
- You can serve this dish as is with toasted bread for a cold starter or grazing plate, but it also goes well with grilled fish or meat on a warm day.
- Trim mushrooms, and if on the large side, quarter them.
- Tie the garlic, thyme bay leaf, coriander seeds and peppercorns into the muslin cloth (cheesecloth).
- Heat the olive oil and on a low heat gently cook the onion (or shallot) for a few minutes. Do not brown it.
- Tip the mushrooms into the pan and toss them with the onions and gently fry them, again avoiding any browning.
- Add the lemon juice, wine and salt and increase heat to medium. If desired, add the tomato paste (or, if preferred,, the diced tomatoes) and the diffuser (bury it under the mushrooms).
- Simmer the mixture for 15 minutes or until the sauce is reduced to a syrup.
- To counterbalance the acidity of the dish, the sugar can then be stirred in.
- Drizzle oil over the dish, remove the muslin bag, transfer the pan contents to a porcelain dish and leave in the fridge overnight.
- The next day, adjust the seasoning before serving and if the acidic taste is to your liking, drizzle more lemon juice over.
- Serve with bread or as an accompaniment to fish or grilled meat.
NOTE: Cauliflower, artichoke hearts or courgettes may be substituted for the mushrooms.
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