Smoky Mushroom Gratin


Serves 6 as a main course

8 as a side

Roasting mushrooms to concentrate their flavour and then adding a few flame cooked ones gives this vegetarian gratin wonderful complexity. This is a good recipe to use for distinctively shaped and flavoured mushrooms like chanterelles or oyster mushrooms as they will retain many of their unique characteristics, but any variety will work excellently.


2 pounds assorted mushrooms such as cremini, oyster, chanterelle or white button

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for the baking dish

3/4 teaspoon fine sea salt

4 ounces shredded Gruyère cheese, divided

1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg

2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

1/3 cup whole wheat bread crumbs


Preheat the oven to 375°F.

Halve or thickly slice mushrooms that are larger than about 1 1/2 inches across; leave the rest whole. Set 6 whole mushrooms aside. Place remaining mushrooms on a large rimmed baking sheet and toss with oil and 1/2 teaspoon of the salt. Roast until very soft and browned, about 35 minutes.

Meanwhile, skewer reserved mushrooms on 2 metal skewers. Hold the ends of the  skewers with oven mitts and place mushrooms over an open flame (such as a gas burner or outdoor grill on high setting) and cook, turning frequently, until charred all over, 3 to 4 minutes. Remove mushrooms from the skewer and place on a cutting board. When cool enough to handle, coarsely chop.

Oil a 1 1/2-quart gratin dish or 8-inch-square baking dish. In a large bowl, stir together half-and-half, half of the cheese, pepper, nutmeg and remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt. Stir in roasted mushrooms and charred mushrooms. Pour mixture into a gratin dish and press down gently with the back of a spoon to level. Sprinkle with remaining cheese, parsley and bread crumbs. Lower the oven temperature to 350°F; bake gratin until top is well-browned and edges are bubbling, about 40 minutes. Cool 10 minutes before serving.

Nutritional Info:

Per Serving:210 calories (120 from fat), 14g total fat, 7g saturated fat, 35mg cholesterol,380mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate (2g dietary fiber, 3g sugar), 12g protein


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