We use mushrooms from Wiltbank Farm in Saugerties to prepare this earthy and creamy ragù, which we toss with our handmade pasta and use to top crispy crostini and polenta canapés. Substitute the same amounts of any seasonal mushrooms. Be sure to trim the stems on all mushrooms and even to trim off the underside gills on large mushrooms.
- ¼ cup olive oil
- ½ cup chopped shallots (about 4 shallots)
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 cups chopped blue oyster mushrooms (about 6 ounces trimmed, 8 ounces untrimmed)
- 2 cups chopped orange oyster mushrooms (about 6 ounces trimmed, 8 ounces untrimmed)
- 2 cups chopped shiitake mushrooms (about 6 ounces trimmed, 8 ounces untrimmed)
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1/3 cup dry white wine
- ¾ cup heavy cream
- 1 teaspoon minced fresh rosemary
- ½ teaspoon grated lemon zest
- 1 cup grated Fontina cheese
- 1/3 cup freshly grated Grana Padano or Parmesan cheese
Heat the oil in the largest skillet you have over medium heat. Add the shallots and garlic and cook until the shallots are translucent and the garlic is just starting to brown, 3 to 4 minutes. Increase the heat to medium-high and add the mushrooms, a little at a time, adding more as they cook down and start to shrink. Season with salt and pepper to taste, and keep stirring until the mushrooms begin to brown, 8 to 10 minutes. Then deglaze the skillet with the white wine, and cook until the liquid has reduced to a few glossy tablespoons, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in the cream, rosemary, and lemon zest. Remove the skillet from the heat, mix in both cheeses, and taste again for salt and pepper. Serve immediately, or refrigerate the mushroom ragù for a few days and reheat it over a gentle flame with a touch of broth or cream.
I like to use whatever seasonal herbs I can snip from my garden plot. Sage can take the place of rosemary quite successfully. In the springtime I even substitute tarragon, which adds a lovely anise flavor and pairs well with the mushrooms.
Nutritional information is based on 1/8 teaspoon added salt per serving.