Mushroom Duxelles

This recipe was given to me by my friend Isabella Naylor-Leyland, whose cooking and knowledge of food and good ingredients is inspirational. Isabella holds cookery classes in the Yorkshire town of Malton and you can be sure you’ll come away with several new simple and delicious recipes and that Isabella will leave no detail uncovered whilst being amusing and very helpful! This is a very simple and tasty mushroom dish, good as a light lunch with green salad, or as a starter.
Serves: 2 • Prep: 5 mins • Cook: 10 mins • Easy 
  • 2 large deep, black-faced portobello mushrooms
  • 1 large garlic clove, crushed
  • 3 teaspoons of chopped fresh parsley
  • 4 chestnut mushrooms, unpeeled, stalks removed
  • knob of butter
  • 1 tablespoon of light olive oil
  • 2 small shallots
  • splash of double cream
  • sea salt
  • handful of good looking watercress leaves
  • black pepper
Take the portobello mushrooms and twist the stalk off carefully. Peel it and put a little crushed garlic and chopped parsley, salt and pepper on the inside. Then sauté in butter and light olive oil until soft.

Meanwhile take the chestnut mushrooms and twist stalk off but don’t peel. Chop finely.

Take the shallots, chop finely then sauté both together in butter and light olive oil.

When soft and cooked put in blender to make a paste, and add a little cream. Pop the mixture on your black mushrooms and arrange watercress leaves daintily.
Nutrition info
Watercress is rich in vitamin C, calcium, iron and folate. Weight for weight watercress contains more vitamin C than oranges and more calcium than a glass of milk.
Mushrooms provide lots or Riboflavin (vitamin B2). Not only is this important for energy production but it also helps to bring iron out of storage and into cells. Mushrooms grown in sunlight contain good amounts of vitamin D, vit D is pretty elusive in the diet so it's important to increase intake, we get most of it from sunlight ourselves but are so indoorsy these days! Vitamin D is critical for bone health and also boost immunity.
Vitamins: B1, B2, B3, B6, B12, C, Folate, K. Minerals: Calcium, zinc, copper, selenium, phosphorus, potassium, manganese.

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