Thursday, December 27, 2012

Carmela Soprano's Fried Mushrooms (hot appetizer)

Mushrooms are handy to have during the holidays.
They can add a classy touch to any leftover, including turkey.
They can perk up a bowl of peas or a salad.
And they're good for you!


Janice Soprano may have anger issues, but she knows the value of mushrooms.
In her Sunday Dinner chapter in Artie's The Sopranos Family Cookbook, Janice included a recipe for Livia's Fried Mushrooms.
This is a little different from Carmela's Stuffed Mushrooms.
It's not a finger food exactly.
But, it makes a nice hot appetizer.
It's also a good recipe to add a little oomph to a leftover turkey dinner.


Livia's recipe calls for white mushrooms.
If you prefer brown, fine.

I usually wipe the mushrooms with a damp cloth.
Mushrooms can absorb too much water if they are soaked.
Clean them whichever way you prefer.


                        Fried Mushrooms


Serves 4

Place in a colander
trimmed mushrooms from one 10- to 12- ounce package
Rinse quickly under cold running water.
Drain and pat them dry.
Depending on size, halve or quarter the mushrooms.

Into a large skillet pour
1/4 cup olive oil
Turn heat to medium.
Add the mushrooms.
Cook, stirring often, 10 minutes.
Sprinkle with
2 Tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
2 large garlic cloves, thinly sliced
Salt and pepper
Cook 2 minutes more.  Serve hot.


Would I make Fried Mushrooms again?
Sure.
I also like to halve mushrooms and fry them with sliced salami.
This also makes a nice hot appetizer.
Don't forget the forks or toothpicks.


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