If you like mushrooms, you’ll love this dish. I like to serve these over pasta, rice, mashed potatoes, toast….the list goes on. You can use any mushrooms, though our favorite is portobello, crimini, or chanterelles as you see in the picture. But regular ol’ white button mushrooms would work great as well. The key to delicious mushrooms is to cook them over medium heat until they release their water and start to crisp up a bit. At that point you can add lots of chopped garlic, a splash of white wine if you like, and a generous pinch of thyme. Salt and pepper to taste and they’re ready to devour!
GARLIC AND THYME PAN SEARED MUSHROOMS [VEGAN, GLUTEN-FREE]
1 lb mushrooms of choice; crimini, portobello, white button, chanterelle, shiitake, etc, sliced thinly
2 Tbsp finely chopped fresh garlic
1Tbsp thyme, fresh is great, but dried is fine too
1/2 tsp salt, or to taste
1/4 tsp black pepper, or to taste
1 Tbsp olive oil, or use non stick pan
2 Tbsp of white wine, optional
2 Tbsp fresh chives or green onions, finely chopped, optional
1. Gently heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat, or if skipping oil, heat a non-stick pan. When hot, add mushrooms and cook for a good 5-10 minutes, stirring occasionally, depending on the water content of the mushroom you’re using. (White button and crimini cook fastest, chanterelle, shiitake, and portobello take a bit longer)
2. When mushrooms have begun to release their water, continue stirring until they begin to brown. Add white wine if using, or skip and add the garlic, thyme, and salt and pepper.
3. Cook an additional minute or two to mellow the garlic, and get it nice and golden. Take care not to let the garlic burn. Season to taste and sprinkle with chives or green onions just before serving. Enjoy on toast, over pasta, rice, as a side, or served as a nice appetizer. Enjoy!