Thursday, April 19, 2012

Sautéed Mushrooms

Sauteed Mushrooms

Last January, we went home to the Philippines and spent a few weeks of holiday traveling from one province to another, spending time with our family and friends. It was our first time to come home as a family so a 3 week vacation is rather short to do all the things we wanted to do and to catch up with old pals.

with Ritchie in his crib
But, we did manage to keep our promise to one of our dearest friends, Ritchie, and that is to stay in his place the day before we fly back to Bahrain. He's got a lovely flat in one of the upcoming urban community in Manila. It's cozy and homey. And Ritchie made sure we are comfortable and well taken care of. He even went to the extent of preparing breakfast before he went off to work, (that's just one of the many things he does to spoil us by the way).

with the scoobies, Zara & Bershka

One of the dishes he prepared was sauteed mushrooms and I just loved it. It's earthy and buttery. And the garlic was not overpowering, it just made the mushrooms stand-out. What a great way to start the day, and to cap our short but sweet holiday. Though we live a much more comfortable life in the Middle East, Manila will always be home. It's because of friends like Ritchie that holidays are "more fun in the Philippines"!

And so, I remembered that breakfast when I was planning for my birthday brunch. So I thought I'd recreate the dish. I just added tiny bits of fresh parsley because greens makes everything better.

Difficulty: Easy

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes


500g fresh button mushrooms, quartered
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 tbsp finely chopped parsley
2 tbsp EVOO
salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste


1. Heat the EVOO over medium heat. Add garlic, cook until slightly browned.

2. Add the mushrooms and saute occasionally for 5 minutes or until cooked. Add parsley, salt and pepper 1 minute before removing from heat. Garnish with fresh parsley before serving.

Makes 4 Servings

If you like the recipes in my Barefoot Contessa Birthday Brunch, here are the links:
1. Hasselback Potatoes
2. Sauteed Mushrooms with Garlic and Herbs
3. Green & Sunny Skillet
4. Flavored Butter
5. Roasted Garlic Spread (posting soon!)
6. Bacon Chocolate Cupcakes
7. Summer Iced Green Tea (posting soon!)

14 April 2012
Home-cooked Meals

Rocky and his Ninong (godfather) Ritchie

Thanks! Ninong, bye for now.

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