Australian Mushrooms and Parsley on Toast
Mushroom lovers will enjoy this recipe by Josh Niland from Everyday Gourmet
- 35 minutes
- 2 servings
- 100 grams slippery jack mushrooms
- 100 grams pine mushrooms
- 100 grams grey ghost mushrooms
- 1 bunch picked continental parsley leaves
- 200 grams peeled garlic cloves
- 50 grams butter
- 50 grams caster sugar
- Sea salt, for seasoning
- 4 sprigs thyme
- 150 millilitres clarified butter
- ½ loaf dark sourdough rye bread or light rye
- ½ lemon
- For the caramelized garlic, start by placing the cloves into a small fry pan along with the butter, caster sugar, 4 sprigs of thyme stripped from the stem and 150ml water. Place on a medium heat and allow liquid to come to a boil approx 4mins. Transfer to a preheated oven set to 200C. Place in oven and cook until liquid has evaporated, garlic is tender and it is starting to take a little colour approx 10-15mins. Remove from oven and place back on the heat to deepen the colour of the garlic cloves approx 5mins. They should be soft, sticky and sweet. Set aside.
- For the pine mushrooms, start by using a small pastry brush to remove any grit or residue on the surface of the mushroom. Avoid washing mushrooms as they are like a sponge and will become waterlogged.
- Scrape the gills of the pine mushrooms into a bowl and set aside for adding later.
- Cut the pine mushrooms into large triangular wedge pieces depending on the size of the mushroom.
- Make sure grey ghost and slippery jack mushrooms are also both brushed and checked for grit.
- Keep grey ghost whole as they have a beautiful shape and collapse quite quickly when heated. Slice the slippery jack mushrooms into thick pieces approx 2cm wide so they still have a great meaty quality once cooked.
- Heat clarified butter in a large fry pan and allow to get a light haze of smoke. (Ideally over wood fire or BBQ). Cut rye bread into thick slices and grill on a very hot griddle pan. Add in the wedges of pine mushroom first as it is the densest and requires the most cooking. Season lightly with salt and sauté over high heat for approx 1min. Refrain from seasoning with pepper at this stage of the cooking.
- Add in slippery jack mushroom pieces and season lightly, continue to sauté over high heat for approx 1min. by this stage the pine mushrooms will have developed nice colour and the slippery jack’s will have begun to soften.
- At this stage add in a desired amount of caramelized garlic cloves depending on your own love of garlic, the thyme leaves, the grey ghost mushrooms and the butter. Make sure pan remains on a very high heat to avoid mushrooms stewing in their own juices. Taste the contents of the pan and adjust with more salt, squeeze of lemon juice, parsley leaves and a good crack of freshly ground black pepper.
- Spoon everything from pan over good quality thickly cut grilled bread. Sprinkle the gills of the pine mushrooms a top of the cooked mushrooms. Eat straight away and enjoy 3 of Australia’s best ingredients
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