Sautéed Leeks & Oyster Mushrooms

Gently tossed with butter, this beautiful side dish brings out the mellow, sweet flavors of these two spring favorites.

Ingredients:
2 tablespoons butter
2 leeks, sliced crosswise and rinsed well
2 pounds Oyster mushrooms, rinsed and sliced
Sea salt
Freshly-chopped herbs, such as parsley and thyme

Method:
1. Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add mushrooms, sprinkle with ½ teaspoon of salt, and cook, stirring occasionally, until they release their water and the pan begins to dry out again, 10-15 minutes.

2. Add leeks and cook, stirring, until they soften a bit, 2-3 minutes. Add the herbs and stir until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Serve immediately.

Roasted Oyster Mushrooms

Roasting these mushrooms in the oven lends rich, concentrated flavor—delicious!

Ingredients:
1½ pounds Oyster mushrooms, halved if large
4 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, diced
½ cup chicken stock
¼ cup olive oil
Freshly-chopped parsley
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper

Method:
1. Preheat the oven to 425°.

2. Arrange the mushroom slices on a large rimmed baking sheet in a slightly overlapping layer. Dot the mushrooms with butter and drizzle with the chicken stock and olive oil. Season with salt and pepper.

3. Roast the mushrooms in the center of the oven for about 20 minutes, turning occasionally, until the stock has evaporated and the mushrooms are tender and lightly browned in spots. Blot with paper towels and transfer to a plate. Sprinkle the mushrooms with the parsley and serve.

Creamed Green Cabbage

This delectable cabbage is coated in a creamy béchamel sauce for extra flavor.

Ingredients:
1 small head green cabbage, cored and shredded (about 10 cups)
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
¼ cup all-purpose flour
2 cups whole milk, warmed
¼ cup plus 1 tablespoon grated Grana-style cheese
1 tablespoon lemon zest
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper

Method:
1. Preheat oven to 350°. Bring 1-inch-deep salted water to a boil in a Dutch oven or large pot. Add the cabbage. Cover, and steam, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 5 minutes. Drain, and let cool slightly. Squeeze out excess water using a kitchen towel.

2. Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir in flour, and cook until bubbling but not browning, 1-2 minutes. Slowly whisk in milk. Cook, stirring, until sauce is thick enough to coat the back of a wooden spoon, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat; add ¼ cup cheese and the lemon zest. Immediately fold cabbage into sauce. Season with salt and pepper.

3. Spoon mixture into a shallow (6-cup) casserole dish. Sprinkle with remaining tablespoon of cheese. Bake until bubbling, 30-35 minutes. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving.

Bok Choy with Garlic & Ginger

Fresh ginger and fragrant garlic lend big flavor to sautéed bok choy greens.

Ingredients:
1 bunch bok choy
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 clove garlic
1 tablespoon fresh grated ginger
⅛ cup dry white wine
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper

Method:
1. Start by trimming the stem off, just the end, to ensure that the bok choy cooks evenly. Separate out the leaves, keep the tender center intact and clean under running water. Drain.

2. Finely mince garlic. Heat olive oil in wok or frying pan. Add garlic and ginger to heated pan.

3. Turn the heat to medium-high. Let the ginger and garlic gently sizzle in the oil. When the aromatics become fragrant and light golden brown, add the bok choy leaves.

4. Toss very well to coat each leaf with the flavored oil for approximately 15 seconds. Pour in broth, water or wine. Immediately cover and let cook for 1 minute. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

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