Recipe for Condimento Ai Funghi (Wild Mushroom Topping)


1 oz dried porcini mushrooms
1 lb fresh cremini or portobello - mushr; ooms
1 lb ripe tomatoes, peeled, - seeded & f; inely chopped
1 1/2 teaspoon rosemary, minced
8 each sage leaves, chopped
2 each garlic cloves, finely minced
1 black pepper
1 juice of 1 lemon
1/4 cup olive oil
1 1/4 teaspoon salt


Soak the porcini mushrooms in 1 1/2 c of warm water for at least 30 minutes. Drain in a sieve lined with cheesecloth, reserving the liquid for use elsewhere. Squeeze the porcini & wash in fresh water. Cut into very fine pieces.

Clean fresh mushrooms with a damp cloth & dice them. Place in a medium- sized bowl. Add the porcini, tomatoes, rosemary, sage, garlic & pepper. Mix together well. Toss with the lemon juice & oil. Cover & leave for 24 hours.

Just before serving, add the salt. If it seems to be too moist, then drain off the extra moisture.

Use as an appetizer salad or as a topping fro grilled bread. Or omit, the lemon & use as a pasta sauce.

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