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Champiñones al Ajillo

This was a dish that I made to pair at my collaborative happy hour event with The Quail & Olive and Twisted Roots Winery. I matched this with the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon and served it alongside my albóndigas.



Champiñones al Ajillo

Spanish garlic mushrooms. These are a popular Spanish tapas, champiñones al ajillo is a bright mushroom dish that's sautéed with garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, and seasoned with herbs, salt, and pepper. A pinch of chili lends some nice heat.


Ingredients


  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil (I used the Picual oil which is a club special at The Quail & Olive)

  • 8 oz brown mushrooms, wiped clean and halved

  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed and chopped

  • 1 Tablespoon vinegar (I used the Champagne Mimosa vinegar at The Quail & Olive)

  • freshly ground salt

  • freshly ground pepper

  • 2 teaspoons fresh cilantro, chopped

  • pinch dried red chili flakes, optional


Procedure


Heat olive oil in a large skillet. Add and cook the mushrooms for two minutes, stirring frequently. Add the garlic, vinegar, salt, and pepper. Cook for another 4 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat and, if using, stir in the red chili flakes. Before serving, sprinkle with chopped cilantro.

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