Mushroom and Parsley Salad
1 pound button mushrooms, sliced very thinly
1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley
¼ cup olive oil
¼ cup fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon capers
1 cup bochaccini (small mozzarella balls)
Sea salt and pepper
Combine the first 7 ingredients and let the mushrooms marinate for roughly 30 minutes. Toss with arugula, top with shaved pecorino and serve.
Mussels with Saffron and Mussels
Recipe from Thomas Kellar’s Bouchon
12 tablespoons unsalted butter
½ cup minced shallots
24 cloves garlic confit (see below)
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon minced thyme
½ teaspoon kosher salt
¼ teaspoon freshly ground white pepper
¼ cup Dijon mustard
2 cups dry white wine
4 pinches saffron threads
4 pounds mussels
¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons minced Italian parsley
Freshly ground black pepper
Melt the butter in a large pot over medium heat. Add the shallots, garlic, thyme, salt, and white pepper, reduce heat to low, and cook gently for 1 to 2 minutes, or until fragrant. Add the mustard and wine and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for a minute or two, then add the saffron, cover the pot, and remove from the heat. Let the broth steep for at least 5 minutes. (The broth can be allowed to sit for a few hours at room temperature.)
Rinse the mussels under cold water; scrub them if necessary to clean them. Cover and cook for about 2 minutes, or until the mussels have opened. Toss the mussels with the parsley and a few grindings of black pepper. Serve immediately in large shallow bowls, with warm, crusty bread. Makes 4 servings.
½ cup peeled garlic cloves (about 24 cloves)
About 2 cups canola oil
Cut off and discard the root ends of the garlic cloves. Place the cloves in a small saucepan and add enough oil to cover them by about 1 inch- none of the garlic cloves should be poking through the oil.
Place the saucepan over very low heat. The cloves should cook gently; small bubbles will come up through the oil, but the bubbles should not break the surface. Cook the garlic for 40 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes or so, until the cloves are completely tender when pierced with the tip of a knife. Remove the saucepan from the heat and allow the garlic to cool in the oil.