chanterelles with nappa and a long overdue make-up

I seem to be on a roll with the two-in-posts lately so I’m going to see if I can’t keep up the trend to post a few remaining long overdue French Fridays with Dorie recipes. By my count I’m actually only missing a few, so may as well try to get to them before we get too close to the end of this whole adventure.

First up, a make-up recipe from just over a year ago, Duck Breasts with Fresh Peaches. As the date on my picture will confirm, I actually made this one on time but could never seem to get around to posting it. I have no idea why. I loved this recipe. I love duck in general and it pairs so well with sweet, fruity flavors. However, I would have never thought to serve it with seared peaches and this is now my go to summer duck recipe. So tasty. Easy enough for just the two of us but classy enough for company.

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food-chanterelles 017Next up is this week’s recipe, Chanterelles with Napa and Nuts. Now, I have a love-hate relationship with chanterelle mushrooms. I love to eat these tasty harbingers of autumn but I hate to prepare them. Mostly because they have so many nooks and crannies for dirt to hide in and are a pain in the tush to clean. This time around, when faced with a bag full of dirty mushroom I broke one of the 10 kitchen commandments. You know the one, “thou shalt not allow your mushrooms to bathe in the forbidden waters!” Well, it’s something like that anyway. I have so little patience for this rule and this week I just broke it completely and washed my mushrooms down with the spray nozzle of my faucet. It seemed to do the job and if it destroyed the flavor we were none the wiser because both my husband and I really enjoyed the end result served alongside a tasty filet.

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11 Responses to chanterelles with nappa and a long overdue make-up

  1. Cakelaw says:

    Your mushrooms look good – but I am hankering after that marvellous duck. Yum!

  2. They are SUCH a pain to clean, right? I *might* have washed a few of my dirtier ones too 😉

  3. Yeah, sometimes you just need to wash those suckers! I love the color combination of the mushrooms and your cabbage (much greener than mine). Beautiful!

  4. Diane Zwang says:

    My husband loves duck so I might have to try that recipe.

  5. Cher says:

    I like the idea that you have a “Summer duck” recipe now – everyone should have a duck recipe for every season 🙂
    Those mushrooms are lovely – I hope they show up around here again soon…

  6. Nana says:

    I don’t understand why you should not wash mushrooms. I love them, but I will not just “wipe”
    them to clean. Cleaning the chanterelles were a bit much since they were so small and had a lot of little spaces to hold dirt. It was worth it all because they were delicious. Your combo dinner
    looks spectacular, and I loved that duck recipe when we made it.

  7. Mary Hirsch says:

    Now, not to brag or say “tsk tsk” butttttt I did brush my chanterelles. I have a feeling that there was a little cleaning done at the Butcher Block before they went into the storage case. I never heard that water was “bad”, I learned to dump them in flour water if they were really dirty and let the dirt cling to the flour. The duck and peaches recipe has been one of my all-time favorites. Our peaches are still wonderful so I just might make that recipe again. I remember making it last summer and then making a sandwich out of the leftovers for my next day of hiking with my Ranger crew. They were so jealous. Nice job on the chanterelles.

  8. I am such a freak when it comes to dirt on my food…I always wash my mushrooms…I know, I know! Your chanterelles look beautiful and I’m sure they were delicious! I had to settle for shiitake…there were no chanterelles to be had in NJ. Totally delicious! Happy weekend, Rose!

  9. betsy says:

    I’m jealous that you are able to find chanterelles this week. However, I did find this delicious with regular mushrooms too. One of my favorite things that I’ve learned from this book is to make duck breasts at home. Previously, it was something I only ordered in restaurants. Have a great weekend,

  10. Emily says:

    I have yet to find duck in portions I can handle at home… ducks are usually sold whole here in my locale.. and that’s too much for two of us at home! Love that duck dish of yours! and that steak with your lovely chanterelles!

  11. Teresa says:

    That duck recipe was so wonderful! And the chanterelles were another winner, too.

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