Catalan mushrooms with garlic & parsley

Yield: 6

Measure Ingredient
1 pounds medium-size white mushrooms, stems; trimmed to 1/2 inch
¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
¼ cup finely chopped flat-leaf parsley
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh garlic
1 to 2 tsp. coarse salt or sea salt

Put the mushrooms in a large bowl of cold water to soak for 10 min.

Rinse them well and then drain. Heat a large sauté pan with a tight-fitting lid over medium heat. Add the drained mushrooms to the dry pan, cover immediately, and cook until all the moisture from the mushrooms is leached out, about 20 min.

You'll know this has happened when you lift the lid for a peek and see the once-dry pan filled with liquid.

Remove the lid, raise the heat to medium high, and boil until the liquid evaporates and the mushrooms begin to sizzle in the dry pan but haven't browned; they'll have shrunk considerably and should be firm when poked with a fork. Lower the heat to medium and stir in 1 Tbs. of the olive oil, the parsley, and the garlic. Sauté, stirring frequently, until the garlic softens, another 3 to 4 min. Transfer the mushrooms to a serving bowl, stir in the remaining 3 Tbs. olive oil, and season with salt to taste (I like to salt them liberally). Serve while hot.

Serve these as a starter or perhaps as an accompaniment to the baked chicken. Leftovers are great on pizza or added to pasta sauce.

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