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Warm mushroom salad

If you love mushrooms, this is a simple, but ultimate gourmet way to elevate their typical delicious taste and aroma. This super easy recipe will make you look like you spent hours in the kitchen or you just graduated from the French Culinary Institute. You can serve it as a non-traditional appetizer or, accompanied with a hearty, crusty bread, as a light summer dinner.                                                                                                       

Warm mushroom gourmet salad


1 box organic Chef’s Sampler (I got mine in Whole Foods)
Or 1 pound of different mushroom mixture
6 white mushrooms  (heads and firm parts of legs only)
6 shiitake mushrooms (heads only)
½ lb snow peas
½ cup crumbled goat cheese
2 tablespoons of chopped fresh marjoram
olive oil
salt and fresh ground pepper
1 cup of microgreens for garnish
few drops of aged balsamic vinegar

Clean all mushrooms and cut into similar size pieces. Little mushrooms can be left whole. To blanch fresh peas, bring water to a boil in a pan. Prepare yourself a large bowl filled with ice cubes and cold water. Add peas to boiling water. Let cook for just about 30 seconds, until they start to turn a brighter green, and drain immediately. Place in ice bowl to stop cooking. Remove and let it sit aside.
In large frying pan (I used wok) heat a small amount of olive oil and add all mushrooms. Sprinkle with sea salt. Stir and turn with wooden spoon for about a minute or two, until all mushrooms softens but don’t let them to become mushy. Take from the heat and mix with chopped fresh marjoram and freshly ground pepper.

Spread handful of snow peas on each plate and add a pile of mushrooms. Sprinkle whole dish with crumbled goat cheese, good quality fruity olive oil and a few drops of aged balsamic vinegar. Garnish with micro greens and serve.

Wine pairing suggestion:
It is a well known secret that mushrooms improve flavor of almost all red wines. But to me, the most fantastic wine pairing with warm mushroom salad is Pinot Noir. I opened Acacia Pinot Noir Carneros and it was a marriage made in heaven. Try it!

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