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I grew up eating wild mushrooms pretty often. If you have never tried them and you like mushrooms, I will tell you, you are missing a lot. Wild mushrooms are very very flavorful, come in many shapes, tastes and textures and it’s a lot of fun picking them! Where I live now it’s hard to find them, but I try to make store bought mushrooms to have at least some flavor. Let me show you how I make it.

Mushrooms.. nom nom

Recipe by Sweet ZivileCourse: Side dishDifficulty: Easy


  • 3 packages (5 oz. each) of Hon Shimeji mushrooms (Asian store), separated

  • 1 stick or 115 g of butter

  • 5 cloves of garlic (finely chopped)

  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • A pinch of crushed chili

  • A few springs of fresh thyme (thyme is the best mushroom’s friend) or 1 tsp of dried thyme

  • 4 tbsp. of balsamic vinegar

  • 3/4 cup of white wine (don’t need to use any expensive wine, any will do)

  • 1-2 tsp of sugar (if needed)

  • 1 tbsp. of Worcestershire sauce

  • 2 tbsp. of dark soy sauce

  • Some pomegranate seeds and chopped parsley for serving

Let’s make it

  • Put a castor iron skillet on a high heat add butter and half of chopped garlic. Can you use just a non stick pan? Yes, you can, but castor iron skillet takes to another level, ads so much flavor and color.
  • Let the butter to melt. 
  • Add the mushrooms. Salt, pepper, crushed chili and thyme. 
  • Cook until you get a good brown color.  Add the rest of the garlic, cook for a minute or so, until fragrant. 
  • Add balsamic vinegar, dark soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce and let it evaporate fully. 
  • Add wine and let it evaporate until you have left with 30% of it. 
  • Taste it. If it feels like to acid, add 1 or 2 tsp of sugar. It has to be a balance of tanginess, salt and sweetness.
  • Sprinkle some pomegranate seeds, chopped parsley.
  • Serve and enjoy!

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