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Champiñones al ajillo (Spanish garlic mushrooms)
A popular Spanish tapas dish, champiñones al ajillo is mushrooms sautéed with garlic, olive oil, lemon juice and typically seasoned with flat-leaf parsley, salt, freshly ground black pepper and chili. Enjoy this dish with a sherry or cold beer, and a little crusty bread to mop up the juices.

3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
8 large button mushrooms—peeled or wiped clean and quartered
2 cloves garlic—finely chopped
1 tablespoon lemon juice
¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
½ teaspoon sea salt
¼ teaspoon dried chili flakes (optional)
1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley


HEAT the olive oil in a large frying pan over a medium heat and cook the mushrooms for two minutes, stirring regularly. ADD the garlic, lemon juice, sea salt, pepper and chili flakes and cook for a further 4 minutes. REMOVE from the heat, stir through the parsley and serve on small plates.

Variation: For an Italian twist, toss these mushrooms through cooked pasta and sprinkle with a little Parmesan cheese.



  Mushroom Bruschetta. Bruschetta topped with pan-fried mushrooms seasoned with sea salt, cracked black pepper and flat-leaf parsley.


  Mushroom, Bacon & Walnut Risotto. A rustic Italian risotto which combines mushrooms, bacon and walnuts with creamy arborio rice.


  Ham, Mushroom & Tomato Pizza. Pizza topped with diced ham, mushrooms, sliced tomato and mozzarella cheese.


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