Let's face it: Raw mushrooms are bland, and having those raw slices added to my salads as a kid was part of the reason I grew up really disliking them. The other reason is that, when not properly roasted, they can be, well, slimy. A properly roasted mushroom, on the other hand, is meaty, intense, and deeply flavored. That's what we're after.
Why It Works
- Roasting in a moderate, 375°F oven gives the mushrooms plenty of time to concentrate in flavor.
- Draining off the mushrooms' exuded liquid partway through the roast assists in browning and speeds up cooking time.
- Yield:Serves 4 to 6
- Active time: 5 minutes
- Total time:1 hour
- 2 pounds (900g) button or cremini mushrooms, washed, trimmed, and quartered
- 1/4 cup (60ml) extra-virgin olive oil
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 8 to 12 sprigs thyme or rosemary
- 2 tablespoons chopped parsley, chives, tarragon, or other fresh herbs
Adjust oven rack to center position and preheat oven to 375°F (190°C). Toss mushrooms with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Transfer to a foil-lined rimmed baking sheet and spread into an even layer. Spread thyme or rosemary sprigs on top of mushrooms. Transfer to oven and roast until mushrooms release liquid, about 15 minutes. Carefully drain liquid into a separate container and reserve for another use (it's a great vegan seasoning sauce).
Return mushrooms to oven and continue roasting until browned but still tender, about 30 minutes longer. Discard thyme or rosemary. Transfer to a bowl and toss with parsley, chives, or tarragon. Serve immediately.