Last week, while shopping for the household (oh, the thrills of going shopping for detergent and frozen beans) I found fresh chantrelle mushrooms. It might seem odd to start a blog post with that information, but grocery shopping in Romania is not really exciting or fulfilling, and this was quite an event. So I bought a pack and, upon getting home had to decide what to do with them, as they tend to be a little sensitive and would not last for weeks in the fridge. The first recipe had to be ready pretty quick as we were preparing to go out and meet some friends and it had to be light as we were going somewhere we wanted to try out some desserts.
So, I paired the mushrooms with green beans, a little bacon, some toasted walnuts and half a dried extra spicy chili pepper. They turned out great, the nutty, smoky flavour paired amazingly with the delicacy of the chantrelles and the beans balanced everything to perfection. Definitely a recipe to make again.
- 500g chantrelle mushrooms
- 300g green beans (mine were frozen but fresh are better)
- 25g bacon slices (4 slices)
- 100g toasted walnuts
- 100 ml dry white wine
- 4 cloves of garlic
- 1/2 dried chili pepper
- olive oil
- salt, pepper
- Wash and roughly chop the mushrooms.
- In the preheated oven (200 Celsius) put the a baking sheet lined with paper with the beans with salt, pepper and olive oil and leave them for about 10 minutes (alternatively you can boil them in water with salt for a similar amount of time).
- Cut the bacon into small cubes and fry it in the pan until crunchy. Transfer it to a plate covered with a paper towel and set it aside.
- In the same frying pan, add a knob of butter and some olive oil and the smashed garlic cloves (I just smash them with a knife against the cutting board before peeling them, they come out of their shell and spread their aroma). Fry until the garlic becomes fragrant and starts to get golden.
- Add the mushrooms and the wine. Cook for about 10 minutes, until all the wine and the water from the mushrooms has evaporated. Add salt, pepper and the chili flakes.
- Add the green beans, bacon and walnuts, a little bit of butter to coat everything and bind all the ingredients together.
- Serve with white wine and enjoy them with someone you like.
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