OTTOLENGHI MUSHROOM PARCELS

INGREDIENTS - adapted from Yotam Ottolenghi's Plenty
  • 7 cups of wild mushrooms ( Ottolenghi recommends a mix of button mushrooms and wild)
  • 1/2 cup chopped chervil
  • 1/4 cup chopped tarragon
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 8 tablespoons heavy cream
  • sea salt and fresh ground pepper
  • parchment paper
  • kitchen twine

Preheat oven to 400.

Clean and prep mushrooms. Chop the big guys and leave the little ones unchopped.

Wash herbs and remove the leaves. Chop.

In a large bowl mix mushrooms, herbs, garlic, olive oil, cream, a few pinches of salt, and some generous grinds of black pepper. Toss to coat everything.

Cut six large squares of parchment (standard parchment allows for squares that are just shy of 13" x 13").  Scoop an equal amount (about one heaping cup) of the mushroom mix into the center of each parchment square. Gather the edges of the paper and tie with kitchen twine. Place uncooked mushroom parcels onto a baking sheet, and transfer the sheet to the hot oven.

Ottolenghi suggests baking the mushrooms for about 17 minutes. I found that some of my heartier mushrooms (fresh porcini) weren't cooked at this point. I recommend opening up one of the packets after the suggested cooking time and checking for doneness. You can always add more time, if necessary.

When cooked, the mushrooms should sit in their packets for a few minutes be you serve them.  It's fun to place a wrapped parcel on every plate, so each diner gets the thrill of discovering the herb-y deliciousness inside.

Serves 6 

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