Finnish Wild Mushrooms (Kanttarellikastike)

The name and flavor of this dish from Finland is a certainly a mouth full. Finland is a northern country filled with forests. As a result, much of cuisine is based around foods and animals that can survive in cold weather. Foraging for wild mushrooms and all kinds of berries is a favorite past time for Finns. Mushrooms from the forest are very popular next to grilled or roasted meats like venison or reindeer.

Kanttarellikastike – Finnish Wild Mushrooms

These mushrooms make a wonderful accompaniment to grilled meats. It's not easy to find wild mushroom at the local market, so you can use more available mushrooms and given them an earthy flavor by adding rehydrated dried porcini mushrooms.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Finland, North Western European, Scandanavian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Soaking: 20 minutes
Servings: 4
Author: My Hungry Traveler

Equipment

  • large frying pan
  • small saucepan
  • Wire mesh strainer and coffee filter or cheesecloth

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Butter
  • 1 large Onion, chopped
  • 1 oz Dried porcini mushrooms
  • lb Mixed whole mushrooms, quartered
  • 3 tbsp Liquid porcinis were soaked in, strained through a coffee filter
  • ½ cup Heavy cream
  • Salt and ground black pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Add boiling water to a bowl with the dried porcini mushrooms. Sit for 20 minutes. Remove mushrooms from liquid and rinse thoroughly. Strain soaking liquid into the saucepan with a wire mesh strainer lined with a coffee filter or cheesecloth.
  • Heat butter in a frying pan over medium heat. Add onions and cook until soft, about 5 minutes. Increase heat to high, add mushrooms, including porcinis, and cook about 10 minutes, stirring constantly.
    Add the porcini soaking liquid, cream, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil and cook, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes. Sauce should be very thick by this point. Adjust seasonings and serve hot.

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