Roasted Mushrooms with Chile-Lemon Oil

Roasted Mushrooms with Chile-Lemon Oil
Mixed mushrooms are tossed with chile-lemon oil and roasted, resulting in a flavorful, umami-packed dish.Christopher Testani

When we received a delivery of wild mushrooms from NYC-based forager Tama Matsuoka Wong, our Test Kitchen team set out to make something simple but exciting, something you could make with any sort of wild mushroom you might find at the market or on your own foraging trip. This recipe fits the bill, and calls for roasting rather than sautéing—meaning that the process is mostly hands-off, but yields tender, flavorful mushrooms, and an ideal side to almost any dish.

Equipment

Roasted Mushrooms with Chile-Lemon Oil
This easy side dish makes the most of earthy, mixed wild mushrooms and gets a bright kick of flavor from the chile and lemon.
Yield: serves 4
Time: 45 minutes

Ingredients

  • 34 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, smashed
  • 1 medium shallot, peeled and halved
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh thyme leaves, plus more, for garnish
  • 2 medium Fresno chiles (1 halved lengthwise; 1 thinly sliced crosswise, for garnish)
  • Zest of 1 lemon, removed with a vegetable peeler
  • 1 14 lb. mixed wild mushrooms, such as maitake, enoki, lion’s mane, and oyster (8 cups, trimmed)
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Flaky sea salt, for serving

Instructions

  1. In a small pot over medium heat, add the olive oil, garlic, and shallot, and bring to a simmer. Remove from the heat, then stir in the thyme, halved chile, and lemon zest. Set the oil aside to steep at room temperature for 15–20 minutes.
  2. Preheat the oven to 450°F. Meanwhile, transfer the oil mixture to a blender, and blend until completely smooth. Set a fine mesh strainer over a large glass measuring cup and strain the oil, pressing on the solids with the back of a spoon or silicone spatula to extract as much liquid as possible. Discard any solids.
  3. In a large bowl, toss the mushrooms and the oil mixture to combine. Season with kosher salt and black pepper, then spread the mushrooms out on a large rimmed baking sheet. Transfer to the oven, and bake, stirring every 5 minutes, until the mushrooms are tender and golden brown, 18–20 minutes.
  4. Transfer the mushrooms to a large platter, and garnish with additional thyme leaves and chile slices. Lightly sprinkle with flaky sea salt, and serve warm or at room temperature.