27. September 2010

Week 25/52: Italian-style baked mushrooms

The current issue of Living at home features a great 3-course meal celebrating their 10th anniversary. It comes with a welcome cocktail and a workplan (the day before, 3 hours before arrival of guests, 90 minutes before arrival of guests, your guests have arrived) which de-stresses your day immensely:

Baked mushrooms Italian style by Jamie Oliver followed by a crispy roast by Cornelia Poletoo leading up to a plum-cream-ice-cream with orange sabayon by Alexander Herrmann. I fell in love with the mushrooms.

In case you have a very important dinner coming up, like a first-time visit of your mother-in-law or maybe the pope pops in for a visit, this is the dish to pick. Easy to prepare and highly impressive.

You'll need:
20 g dried morels
300 g fresh chanterelles
300 g fresh boletus / porcini
2 garlic cloves
80 g smoked bacon
8 Tsp olive oil
120 g ciabatta bread
freshly ground black pepper
6 thyme branches
1 dried chili (a perfect excuse to buy that new spice mill)
200 g Scamorza (Italian cheese similiar to Mozzarelly, which I used)

How to:

Thoroughly wash the morels and let them soak in cold water for at least 30 minutes. Meanwhile, clean the other mushrooms WITHOUT WASHING THEM. WATER IS NOT THE FRIEND. Just get rid of the biggest dirt patches or use a really soft toothbrush or cloth to rub it off. If you want to, you can cut the larger mushrooms into smaller pieces, but you don't need to. Just throw them all in a bowl.

Slice the garlic, dice the bacon and fry it in 1 Tsp oil. Preheat the oven to 180°C.

Cut the bread into 10 slices and either toast it. Then rip it into smaller pieces and place it in an oven-proof pan. Sprinkle with 4 Tsp oil and season with salt and pepper.

Mix all the mushrooms, bacon, garlic, thyme leaves and chili and season with salt and pepper. Pour the mixture on the bread. Rip the cheese and distribute evenly on top.

 Sprinkle with the rest of the olive oil and bake for about 30 minutes.

 In the meantime, we prepared the usual salad for which the geek used way too much chili. We'll blame it on the new spice mill. What you'll immediate notice is that great smell coming from the oven. You know you'll love it and you know that mother-in-law slash pope will do so, too. After all, they are only human.

And voilá:

The dish I am about to marry. Crispy and loving and caring and well-balanced in all its tastes. Good luck to me and the groom and guten Appetit to all of you!


  1. Sehr, sehr lecker sieht das aus. Ich buche das. Danke.

  2. Sieht nach sehr viel Putzarbeit aus, aber auch sehr gut!

  3. Ne, muss nicht viel geputzt werden. Dank der Backofenaction sieht man hinterher die kleinen Klümpchen nicht mehr und von Vati Baasmati hab ich gelernt: "Dreck reinigt den Magen."
    Sagte er und setzt die heruntergefallene Eiskugel unbarmherzig wieder auf die Waffel drauf.
    Frau Kirsche: gerne. Sagense wann.