This grilled porcini mushrooms dish, inflected with garlic, thyme, rosemary, and mint, gives this poor man’s steak a decidedly Italian flavor. Oh, and it’s wicked easy.
Grilled Porcini Mushrooms
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- 5 M
- 25 M
- Serves 4 to 6
Light a medium fire in a charcoal grill.
In a small bowl, stir together the herbs, garlic, and 1/3 cup olive oil.
Clean the mushrooms with a damp cloth. If desired, cut the mushrooms into 1/2-inch-thick slices and lightly brush them with oil. Grill until lightly browned, about 3 minutes per side. Transfer to a serving platter and brush with the herb-oil mixture. Serve at once.
Recipe Testers' Reviews
I splurged and purchased porcini mushrooms, and this recipe for them was great!
The full flavor of porcini mushrooms pretty much demands a somewhat robust dressing. The garlic and herb dressing is on the pungent side, so this offsets and complements the porcini mushrooms quite nicely. If using less pungent mushrooms, I feel their flavor would get a bit lost amongst the (raw) garlic and herbs. I also firmly believe that salt is requisite in most recipes, and love a fresh grind or two of black pepper, as well. After trying the mushrooms prepared as laid out, I found this recipe really comes to life with the addition of salt — I used a lightly smoked sea salt, along with some freshly ground black pepper.
It's unfortunate that the price of porcini is rather high, but this recipe is worth it. I paid $19 for a pound of smaller ones, but they’re very rich, full-flavored mushrooms, and I feel that even shiitake and portobello cannot live up to the porcini’s reputation. Because my mushrooms were on the small side (about 25 in a pound), I grilled them whole.
These grilled porcini mushrooms are a delicious way to enjoy fresh mushrooms in season. I think so many people forget about mint when using fresh herbs, and I was glad to see that it was included in this recipe.
While the recipe suggests that the mushrooms are cut into slices prior to grilling, they can easily be grilled whole. Just watch your fire!
These simple grilled porcini mushrooms turned out to be quite delicious. It just needs the addition of a pinch or two of salt and some pepper. I used portobellos instead of porcinis, and they were very good. I even chopped up the leftovers and tossed it with pasta. I’ll be making this again soon.