I have been trying to recreate the perfect mushrooms a la grecque recipe for a long time. Mushrooms a la grecque is a mushroom recipe that brings back memories of holidays in France as a child. My parents used to rent houses or gîtes in French villages. It was a great way to learn the French language and more about village life. To get our food we would visit the local shops and markets. Our mum used to let us order baguettes and we felt a sense of achievement when we did so successfully. The baguettes were carried back to the gîte triumphantly.
We learnt what the different shop names meant by looking in the windows. The names had a magical ring about them, la charcuterie, la fromagerie, we used to practice the names. Our favourite was la confiseur or the sweet shop. Our pocket money was spent on flavoured chewing gum. It came in all flavours, lemon, raspberry, strawberry and many more. Being used to mint flavour we found this fascinating.
The delicatessen was a shop we visited regularly. My mum used to buy selections of their salad dishes to eat with our lunches. Salad was our usual lunch on holidays as it was easy to prepare. There is nothing worse than spending all your holiday cooking. Mum let us pick a salad dish each and one day I choose mushrooms a la grecque. For a mushroom lover this dish was a revelation. Mushroooms a la grecque is a cold mushroom dish that is served in a spicy tomato sauce and gorgeous served with a salad or mopped up with crusty bread.
Mushrooms a la Grecque is a really simple recipe to make. Mushrooms are the star of this recipe, either whole button mushrooms or sliced mushrooms. The sauce really sets the mushrooms off with its spicy flavour. The mix of water, wine vinegar, garlic and tomato purée combined with fresh herbs comes together to make a rich tangy sauce. The mushrooms are simmered gently in the sauce for around ten minutes to pick up the flavour. The dish is then left to cool and a tablespoon of lemon juice added which adds some bite.
For my Mushrooms a la Grecque I used Cirio tomato purée. Mushrooms a la Grecque is all about the tomato flavour and Cirio tomato purée is double concentrated so it packs and extra punch. It really helps add the authentic tomato taste to the dish and bring out the flavour of the sauce. I am a big fan of Cirio tomato products anyway, they have so much more flavour than a lot of products on the market. Tomatoes have so much more flavour when they are home grown and Cirio comes close to matching this taste.
Why not use mushrooms a la grecque as a side dish at your next barbecue party? It makes a change from the usual coleslaw and potato salad options and would also work well on top of a burger. Do you have any dishes remind you of your holidays? Let me know below.
If you are interested in mushroom dishes why not try goats’ cheese, spring onion and garlic stuffed mushrooms. Large stuffed mushrooms are always great for a starter. If you prefer a salad then bacon, egg and mushroom salad is very tasty.
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