Monday, September 28, 2009

An autumnly bread spread

An autumnly bread spread
© All rights reserved, Thorsten Kraska, 2009

When you walk these days over the local market you will find all kinds of different mushrooms, which are now in season. Last time I have baught some chanterelles. At home I still had some more mushrooms. An easy way to enjoy these mushrooms is to use them in a mushroom-butter on a rustic bread with additional chanterelles on top.

Mushroom-Butter for a rustic bread
(servings and quantity are a guess)

about 400g Fresh mushrooms (e.g. chanterelles)
150 - 200g softened butter
1 onion
3 tablespoons Sherry
5 tablespoons parsley (chopped)
salt and pepper
rustic bread (e.g. rye-bread)

The quantities are a guess. Sometimes I use less or more from this or that. Try what you like best.

Chop about 100g of the fresh mushrooms and the onion finely. Sweat onions and mushrooms in about 1 tablespoon butter on medium high heat in a pan for a few minutes. Add sherry and cook until fluid is almost gone. Take from heat and let cool.

Add rest of butter and mix until blended. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Cut the rest of the mushrooms into bite-sized pieces. Sear the mushrooms in butter over medium high heat. When mushrooms are as browned as you like them, add parsley and mix. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Spread the butter generousely on bread slices. Top with seared fungi and garnish with some parsley. Enjoy.


The Cutting Edge of Ordinary said...

You have some of the most amazing food photos have ever seen. I love coming to your blog to see them.

Unknown said...

The colours in your pics are turning to autumn colours too!:-)

La Cuisine d'Helene said...

Love the shot with the contrast of blue, green & brown. I would love to have access to a large variety of mushrooms. Your spread is simply looking delicious.

Thorsten said...

Thanks Lisa for the compliment. You are invited to come over here as often as you like.

Thanks Wizzy, I've tried to stay in an autumn like color scheme.

Helene, now that it is mushrooms season here in Germany, we can get a larger variety of different mushrooms, I like chanterelles much.

Sylvie said...

Thorsten, once again a wonderful picture of beautiful food. I really like the softness of the colours and of course I would love to just pick up a slice of your rustic bread and tuck right in.

Thorsten said...

Thanks Sylvie. I first had the idea of hard light for a very rustic and leveled sun light impression. But ended with a subdued color scheme and soft lighting. To get the sun light back, I added the parsley leaves for a shine through effect.

Simones Kitchen said...

Great dish Thorsten and - ofcourse - beautiful photos as well. I just added your blog to my reader, so I can keep track of your posts!

Unknown said...

Thorsten, I can't tell you how happy I am to catch up with you. Your blog is every bit as exquisite as I expected it to be. I'll be a frequent visitor and an avid follower of your always helpful photography pointers.

Thorsten said...

Hi Simone, hope you like my littel blog.

Welcome Ann and thanks for the compliment.

Free Credit Score said...

Your food photography and presentation are just so good. I love coming back to your blog every day!