Mushrooms! They are at their best baked in the oven, especially when the weather is still cold in the evenings – there is something about their earthiness that is filling, warming and comforting. Our most favourite baked mushrooms are with vine leaves, but this recipe comes a close second, and is perfect for Autumn and early Winter, when fresh vine leaves are no longer available.
Use a mix of mushrooms, or field mushrooms, shiitake mushrooms, button mushrooms or Swiss brown mushrooms. They are tossed with rosemary, garlic, butter and oil, and baked in a terracotta dish which is the most perfect way to cook mushrooms.
Similar recipes include Mushrooms with Black Glutinous Rice, Mushrooms, Garlic and Shallots with Lemon Ricotta, Mushrooms Baked in Vine Leaves, Caramelised King Oyster Mushrooms, Pearl Mushrooms with Thyme, and the perfect Shiitake Mushroom Sauce.
Mushrooms in Terracotta
serves around 6 people
take 12 large field mushrooms or an equivalent of a mix of mushrooms (I used Swiss brown, oyster and pearl mushrooms)
12 peeled garlic cloves
sea salt and black pepper for the garlic
a knob of butter for the garlic and a small one for the mushrooms
1 sprig thyme
0.5 Tblspn finely chopped rosemary leaves, plus on small stalk to lay on top of the mushrooms
2 Tblspns extra virgin olive oil
1 Tblspn verjuice
squeeze lemon juice
sea salt and white pepper for the mushrooms
Heat the oven to 200C.
Wrap the garlic in foil with a small piece of butter, a dash of olive oil, the thyme and a little salt and pepper, and roast in the oven until tender and a little coloured.
Place the mushrooms, the garlic and its juices, a little sea salt and white pepper, the verjuice, plus the rosemary in a terracotta dish. Drizzle the olive oil over and add a small knob of butter. Place the sprig of rosemary on top. Cook in the 200C oven for 15 mins or until the mushrooms are cooked. Remove from the oven, sprinkle with lemon juice and adjust seasoning if required.
recipe notes and alternatives
Stir a little cream through the cooked mushrooms.
Delicious served with some wilted greens.