Wild Mushroom Parcels

Here’s an adaptation of a recipe from “Plenty: Vibrant Vegetable Recipes from London’s Ottolenghi” that would be equally elegant on Thanksgiving or as part of a weeknight supper.

Wild Mushroom Parcels

3.5 cups mixed wild mushrooms

3.5 cups baby button mushrooms (white or crimini)

5 baby potatoes, cooked with skin on

4 cloves garlic, crushed

8 Tbsp chopped chervil (4 Tbsp Italian parsley and 2 tsp dried chervil if you don’t have fresh chervil)

4 Tbsp chopped fresh  tarragon

4 Tbsp olive oil

8 Tbsp heavy cream (or 1/4 cup plain yogurt mixed with 2 tbsp milk)

2 Tbsp Pernod (anise flavored liquer) or 2 tsp fennel seeds

Salt and black pepper to taste

  • Preheat oven to 400 F. Cut four square sheets of parchment paper 14 inches long and wide.
  • Wipe the mushrooms clean using a small brush or a moist paper towel. Leave them whole or cut them into large pieces depending on their size. Cut the potatoes into 3/8 inch slices.
  • In a large bowl, gently toss together all of the ingredients using your hands. Take care not to break the mushrooms. Taste and adjust the amount of salt and pepper.
  • Divide the mixture between the paper sheets. Lift the edges and scrunch them together to create tight bundles, then secure with ovenproof cotton string. Lift the parcels onto a baking sheet.
  • Place in the pre-heated oven to cook for approximately 17 minutes. Take out and leave to settle for 1 minute. Serve the parcels sealed, allowing the diners to open them up themselves.

Serves 4.

I recommend serving with a blend of brown rice topped with toasted pine nuts as an entree or as a side dish with fish or poultry.


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