Sunday, September 26, 2010

Mushooms, Zucchini, and Piquillo (Oh my!)

Okay, I'll admit it. Some of my recent mushroom posts have been inspired my a mushroom contest running at TasteSpotting. It would be nice to win a little something for my efforts, but I'm not selling my soul for the contest, either. I really do like mushrooms. A lot.

Okay, I'll admit it. I looooove mushrooms.

This time, I decided to pair the mushrooms with a giant zucchini that suddenly appeared in my kitchen. This wasn't a ridiculously overgrown zucchini, but it was a lot bigger than the little ones that I like raw in salads. The seeds weren't completely inedible, but the center was getting spongy.

I used about a third of the length of the zucchini. I cut that third lengthwise in thirds, turned it 90 degrees and cut in thirds again. I removed the center piece which was the spongiest portion, then cubed the rest.

Mushrooms, Zucchini and Piquillos

1 pound button mushrooms, cleaned as needed
1/3 of a large zucchini, cubed
4 fire-roasted piquillo peppers, chopped
Salt and white pepper, to taste
Balsamic vinegar, to taste
Olive oil for cooking, about 1 tablespoon

Heat the olive oil in a medium frying pan, then add the zucchini. Let the brown a bit, then add the mushrooms. Season with salt and pepper. Cook until the mushrooms release their water, then add the piquillo peppers and a splash of balsamic vinegar. Keep cooking until the liquid has evaporated.

1 comment:

The Sukkar Chef said...

This looks soooo good! It would make a great side to just about anything. Definitely on my list of recipes to try.

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