Whoever came up with the term "mushroom caviar" must have been in marketing!
Mushroom caviar just sounds so much more catchy than "mushroom spread" or "minced mushrooms and shallots sautéed in butter," doesn't it? Even though that's basically what it is—a vegetarian version of the real thing.
The good news is that this mushroom caviar is terrific! Especially for those of us who love mushrooms.
It's a quick and easy spread for crackers, perfect for a gathering.
3 tablespoons butter
1/2 pound cremini mushrooms, wiped clean and finely chopped (or pulsed a few times in a food processor)
1/2 cup minced shallots
Salt and pepper
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tablespoon dry white wine (like Sauvignon Blanc), optional
2 tablespoons pine nuts
2 tablespoons sour cream
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1 tablespoons chopped parsley
2 dashes cayenne pepper, or to taste
Sauté the mushrooms, shallots, and garlic:
Melt the butter in a large skillet on high heat. Add the mushrooms and shallots. Sauté for 5 minutes stirring frequently. Sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper while cooking.
Once the mushrooms have cooked for about 5 minutes, add the garlic and a tablespoon of dry white wine (if using). Cook for an additional minute and remove from heat.
Toast the pine nuts:
While the mushrooms are cooking, heat a small skillet on high heat. Add the pine nuts. Cook, stirring frequently, until they begin to get a little toasted. (Keep your eyes on the nuts, they can burn pretty quickly.)
As soon as they begin to toast, remove the pan from the heat and put the pine nuts into a small bowl. Set aside.
Add the remaining ingredients:
Once the mushrooms have cooled down a bit, mix in the toasted pine nuts, sour cream, lemon juice, and parsley. Add more salt and pepper, if needed, to taste. Sprinkle on cayenne pepper, to taste. Chill before serving.
Spoon onto a large butter lettuce leaf and serve with crackers. (Use rice crackers for a gluten-free option.)
|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 13g||16%|
|Saturated Fat 6g||32%|
|Total Carbohydrate 7g||3%|
|Dietary Fiber 1g||4%|
|Total Sugars 3g|
|Vitamin C 4mg||18%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|