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Maitake Mushrooms with Thyme and Sherry

Woodsy and herbal, these mushrooms pair well with earthy, dry-aged steak. They should be glossed with sauce but not swimming in it. The recipe comes from Alfred’s Steakhouse in San Francisco.

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Photography: Thomas J. Story.
 3 pounds maitake mushrooms (or cremini or morels, or a mix)
  Kosher salt to taste
 1/2 cup unsalted butter (at room temperature) or olive oil, divided
 8 to 10 branches fresh thyme
 1/4 cup sherry, preferably Amontillado
  About 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  About 1 tbsp. Champagne vinegar
  Chopped fresh chives or parsley
Step 1

Brush mushrooms clean and trim bottoms of stems. Tear clusters into large chunks.

Step 2

Heat two large heavy (not nonstick) frying pans over medium-high heat 2 minutes. Divide mushrooms between pans and season lightly with salt. Cook until starting to release liquid, about 7 minutes. If mushrooms are very dry, add a splash or two of water.

Step 3

Add 1 1/2 tbsp. butter and 4 or 5 branches thyme to each pan. Cook mushrooms, turning occasionally, until nicely browned, about 5 minutes. Add another 1 1/2 tbsp. butter to each pan and cook until tender, 7 to 10 minutes.

Step 4

Into each pan, swirl 2 tbsp. sherry, then 1 tbsp. butter and 1 1/2 tsp. each lemon juice and vinegar. Cook over high heat, stirring occasionally, until sauce is glossy and mushrooms are coated, 2 minutes. Stir in a few tbsp. water as needed to loosen sauce. Season to taste with salt and more vinegar. Remove thyme.

Step 5

Pour mushrooms into a serving dish and top with chives.

Step 6

Make ahead: Through step 3, up to 1 day, chilled airtight in 1 pan. To reheat, add a few tbsp. water and heat gently in pan.

Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving
Calories 135Calories from Fat 62
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9.5g15%

Saturated Fat 5.8g29%
Cholesterol 24mg8%
Sodium 66mg3%
Total Carbohydrate 10g4%

Dietary Fiber 3.9g16%
Protein 2.9g6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.