JIT Marinated Mushrooms

I found myself in a bit of a bind come Christmas Eve. One of the family traditions is antipasto, which has a variety of definitions depending upon whom you ask. For the holiday, my antipasto is a collage of roasted peppers, gouda, marinated artichoke hearts, olives and marinated mushrooms. This year, the problem lay in the last ingredient -- I simply could not find them. I'm new to San Francisco, and apparently I went to all the wrong grocery stores.

Resigned to giving up and making my antipasto one ingredient short, I set about making my tomato sauce for the next dish. Unfortunately, my garlic was just a bit past its time, so I ran down to the grocery store to get some more at the last minute. Positioned right next to the garlic were the mushrooms! Apparently, my cooking is much influenced by fate, and I didn't ignore this sign. Here is the recipe for the just-in-time (JIT) marinated mushrooms that I will always make from this year on:


  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 3 tablespoons of fresh chopped parsley
  • 1 teaspoon of dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon of dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon of red pepper flakes
  • 15 mid-size button mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup of red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup of virgin olive oil
  • 1 glass of dry red wine
  • Kosher salt to taste

Clean mushrooms, but do not remove the stem. Coarsely chop the parsley and two cloves of garlic. In a mid-size, nonstick pan, heat a couple tablespoons of olive oil. Add parsley, chopped garlic and herbs. Making sure not to burn, heat all spices until you can smell them. Add the whole mushrooms to the pan. Add kosher salt or sea salt over the mushrooms. Stir every 3 or so minutes for 15 minutes, or until mushrooms are tender. If needed, add more olive oil.

Empty pan into mid-size bowl. Add the remaining olive oil and the 1/2 cup of red wine vinegar. Crush last clove of garlic (do not chop!) to the bowl. Stir, cover with plastic wrap and put in the refrigerator. From now until you plan on using the mushrooms, stir every 30 minutes. Ideally, you will make these at least three hours* in advance.

Voila! Marinated mushrooms.

* If three hours in advance is not JIT enough for you...come talk to me after you've made lasagna.


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