Niçoise Mushrooms

Niçoise Mushrooms

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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 6 to 8 Serves 6 to 8.
The woodsy character of the mushrooms is heightened by the lemony floral scent of the herbs and the piquant anchovies. Roasted mushrooms are the perfect accompaniment to prepare while roasting meat. To do so, roast them at the temperature suggested for the meat; the cooking time will be shorter at higher temperatures. As a serving alternative, chop the roasted mushrooms together with enough of their cooking liquid to bind them, season to taste and serve the mushroom pâté on toast points.


  • 2 Tbs. olive oil
  • 4 salt-cured anchovies, halved and filleted
  • About 2 Tbs. milk
  • 2 large garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp. dried rosemary
  • 1/2 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp. dried lavender
  • 1 1/2 lb. small to medium fresh button
      mushrooms, brushed clean and stems
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste


Preheat an oven to 400°F. Spread the olive oil on the bottom of a baking dish large enough to hold the mushrooms in a single layer.

Place the anchovies in a single layer in a small, shallow bowl. Pour on enough milk nearly to cover them and let stand for 5 to 10 minutes. Drain off the milk and discard. Pat the anchovies dry with paper towels, removing any tiny bones in the process.

On a cutting board, chop together the anchovies, garlic, rosemary, thyme and lavender until the mixture is evenly minced but not reduced to a paste.

Place the mushrooms in the prepared baking dish and toss to coat evenly with the oil. Sprinkle the anchovy mixture evenly over the mushrooms. Season with salt and pepper.

Roast the mushrooms until tender, 15 to 17 minutes, depending upon their size. Remove from the oven and transfer to a warmed serving dish. Serve hot.
Serves 6 to 8.
Adapted from Williams-Sonoma Lifestyles Series, Everyday Roasting, by Janeen Sarlin (Time-Life Books, 1998).
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