Sautéed Mushrooms with Bacon and Pearl Onions

 

Overloading the skillet and extend the cooking time will allow the mushrooms to give up just enough liquid to eventually fit in a single layer without shrinking to nothing. They will brown nicely after you add a little butter. 

serves 4

Do not thaw pearl onions; they are added to the skillet still frozen.

4 slices bacon, cut crosswise into 1/2-inch strips (about 4 ounces)

½ pound frozen pearl onions (about 1 1/3 cups)

1 teaspoon granulated sugar

½ cup ruby port

1 ½ pounds white button mushrooms, cleaned, stems trimmed, quartered if medium or halved if small

1 tablespoon unsalted butter

1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley leaves

 

1. Cook bacon in 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat until beginning to render fat, about 1 minute. Add onions and sugar and cook, stirring occasionally, until bacon is crisp and onions are light brown, about 8 minutes.

2. Using slotted spoon, transfer onions and bacon to medium bowl. Reserve 1 tablespoon bacon fat in small bowl; discard remaining fat. Add 1/4 cup port to now-empty skillet and return to medium-high heat; simmer about 30 seconds, scraping up any browned bits with wooden spoon. Pour port into bowl with bacon and onions; wipe out skillet with paper towels.

3. Heat reserved bacon fat in now-empty skillet over medium-high heat until shimmering but not smoking. Add mushrooms and cook, stirring occasionally, until mushrooms release liquid, about 5 minutes. Increase heat to high and cook, stirring occasionally, until liquid has completely evaporated and mushrooms start to brown, about 8 minutes longer.

4. Add butter, reduce heat to medium, and continue to cook, stirring once every minute, until mushrooms are dark brown, about 8 minutes longer. Add bacon/onion mixture and remaining 1/4 cup port; cook, stirring frequently, until liquid has evaporated and mushrooms are glazed, about 2 minutes. Stir in parsley and season with salt and pepper to taste.



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