Pan-Fried Oyster Mushrooms with Garlic

A rustic and beautiful side dish, these easy pan-fried mushrooms taste meaty and garlicky, yet delicate and fresh.

Ingredients:
1 pound Oyster mushrooms, cleaned and cut into evenly sized pieces
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste

Method:
1. Place butter and olive oil in a heavy skillet set over medium-high heat. When the butter is melted, add the mushrooms to the skillet in one single layer.

2. Cook the mushrooms for 2 minutes, or until golden. Flip over the mushrooms and add the smashed garlic to the skillet. Reduce heat to medium-low; season with salt and pepper and continue to cook the mushrooms until they start to brown, spooning the butter over the mushrooms as they cook.

3. Remove from heat. Add more salt and pepper, as needed, and serve.

First Days of Spring Recipes

We did it: Winter has waned and spring is officially here. In such a tough and challenging time, we are extra thankful for the longer daylight hours, offshoots of green and peeks of sunshine this year, as well as the bright spring ingredients included in this week’s lineup—think: micro arugula, pea shoots, leeks and Cosmic Queen Oyster mushrooms. Complemented by locally-crafted bucatini pasta, Pain au Levain bread and our Nonna Pat’s signature tomato sauce, plus Grana-style cheese, blueberry jam and salad-ready Italian vinaigrette, this box is a fitting welcome to the season.

Here are a few recipe ideas for the week:

Pea Shoot & Micro Arugula Salad with Radishes & Hazelnuts
This stellar salad from Food & Wine is beautifully balanced with peppery greens and radishes and sweet pea shoots.

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

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

Baby Red Potato ‘Homefries’
These creamy, rustic potatoes are flecked with fresh parsley for freshness and red pepper flakes for heat.

Roasted Beets with Raspberry Vinegar
Kissed with notes of raspberry and orange, these beets are truly fantastic!

Mustard Greens Pesto
Brilliantly green, this mustard green pesto packs a bit of a kick and pairs beautifully with roasted turnips or potatoes!

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.

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