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We absolutely loved this mushroom dish by Rachel Roddy in the Guardian; it’s simple but incredibly tasty. Serve with some steamed white rice.

Wine Suggestion: An earthy Pinot Noir, like Konrad Salwey’s Spätburgunder from Baden in Germany allows both the mushrooms and peppers to shine through, and it’s fresh acidity lifts the backbone of passata, vinegar and cream to the next level.

Mushroom & Pepper Goulash – serves 4

  • 15g dried porcini
  • 1kg field mushrooms, wiped clean and thinly sliced
  • 1 large jar of roasted peppers, drained and cut into thick strips
  • 1 large onion, peeled and sliced
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 20g butter
  • 2 cloves of garlic, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 150ml dry white wine
  • 150g tomato passata
  • a few sprigs of thyme
  • 2 tsp sweet paprika
  • ½ tsp hot, smoked paprika
  • 1-2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 200ml single cream

Soak the porcini in 150ml warm water for 15 minutes, then drain and save the soaking liquid. Chop the soaked mushrooms and set aside.

Put a large heavy-based pan over a medium-low heat. Add the olive oil and butter, then stir in the onions with a pinch of salt and cook for about 10 minutes, stirring, until soft and translucent. Stir in the garlic and cook for another minute.

Add the soaked and fresh mushrooms, turn up the heat and cook, stirring, for a few minutes, or until the mushrooms start to shrink down.

Add wine, passata, thyme, porcini liquild and paprika. Bring to the boil, then cover, turn the heat to low and simmer for 15 minutes. Remove the lid and add the peppers. Cook uncovered for 15 minutes or until the liquid has almost evaporated. Season to taste and add the red wine vinegar, then stir in the cream.

Serve with steamed white rice.

(Original recipe by Rachel Roddy in the Guardian, 17 January 2022.)

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