Passover Cobbler

photo 1 (65)photo 3 (51)photo 1photo 4 (2) It is 2 weeks before Passover and I am trying to get out to you as many recipes as I can . This one is a very nice light fruit cobbler for dessert it is very easy to make and small prep time. It’s nice to make this with a few different fruits , I used apples, pears and strawberries. Use whatever fruits you like, but I will say that the strawberries added the zing it needed, I wouldn’t omit them. I used a whole pint of strawberries and sliced them thinly. Pretty tasty for a Pesach cobbler.

Ingredients:

3 large eggs (room temperature)

3/4 cup sugar

1/4 cup Vegetable oil

3/4 cup matzo meal

2 tablespoons potato starch

6-8 cups fruit, peeled and sliced like apples, pears, and strawberries ( I used a whole pint of strawberries, 2 apples and 2 pears)

1/8 cup cinnamon sugar ( you can just make this yourself, 1/8 cup of sugar mixed with a 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly spray a 9×9 square baking pan.

Beat eggs with sugar until well blended. Add the oil, matzo meal and potato starch and blend well. I used an electric mixer.

Put all the fruit in the pan and sprinkle with most of the cinnamon sugar, reserving a little for the top. Spoon the batter over the fruit, covering as much of the fruit as you can. Sprinkle with remaining cinnamon sugar.

Bake until the topping is set and just turning a tan like color, about 45 minutes. Serve hot, warm or at room temperature.

*If you let the fruit sit for a while with cinnamon sugar mixture the flavors really soak in. So if you have the time I would do this. If not , it’s fine as well.

This will freeze perfectly . Just let it completely cool down before freezing. I cut into squares for freezing.

 

Peach Farfel for Passover – crowd favorite

I believe my friend Audrey gave this recipe to me originally many years ago.  It has been on our Passover table ever since. Actually a few years back  I had thought I had it scanned into my computer (under Passover Recipes) and I couldn’t find it. Lucky for me, I know my friend Carol always makes it and her family loves it, so here it is. With 2 weeks to go till Passover I am going to try to post as many Passover Recipes as possible . This one is really a winner! Remember to read recipes through before making them, familiarize yourself with the recipe, the method, and the ingredients. This will help you when you go to actually make a recipe.
Recipes tend to spread out to a wide group of people, so they usually don’t get lost. Sort of the reasoning behind this website as I will now have all my recipes under one tidy little roof ! Enjoy this one; it is sweet and makes for a delicious side dish with poultry or beef. This has always been a crowd pleaser. I know, the amount of eggs is obscene on this holiday! This one has 7 eggs in it!!!!!

Ingredients:

1 box matzoh farfel (I think it’s in a canister now only)

2 15 oz. cans sliced peaches

7 eggs

2 cups sugar

1 tsp. salt

2 sticks margarine, melted

2 tsp. vanilla

4 cups hot water

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Place dry farfel in a bowl, then pour hot water over it. Let stand until absorbed.

In a separate bowl, combine eggs, syrup from peaches, salt, sugar, margarine, and vanilla. Add farfel and combine well. In a well sprayed 9 x 12 baking dish, pour 1/2 the mixture, then arrange a layer of peaches on top. Add remaining mixture on top, then top with remaining peaches. Sprinkle with just a bit of cinnamon if you’d like. Bake for 1 hour at 350 degrees. Serve hot out of oven, or room temp. It is quite delicious at room temperature, if you don’t have the room in your oven, and it makes for a pretty awesome leftover.

Can be assembled, cooked 1/2 way through, then cooked the rest of the way through on the day of the holiday.

Traditional Ashkenazi Charoset–Apple/Walnut

DSCN2703This is my easiest Charoset. It’s traditional in the sense that it’s an Ashkenazi (Eastern European) recipe. I add a little brown sugar instead of white sugar and it gives it just a bit more character. This makes about 4 cups, but you can easily double it. My family loves it, so I always make a double batch. Remember, while a reminder of the mortar used in making bricks for Pharaoh, charoset is really just a sweet condiment of apples and wine!

Ingredients:

3 medium Fuji apples (or any other kind you like), peeled, cored and finely diced (use processor to make your life simpler) I usually use whatever is in the house, but on Passover I go through so many apples, so buy what you like (I always like Granny Smith because they are nice and tart)

1 1/2 cups walnuts, chopped (buy them pre-chopped)

1/2 cup sweet red wine such as Manischewitz Extra Heavy Malaga or just Concord Grape is fine

*20 pitted dates, chopped; or 1/2 cup golden raisins (optional)

1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1 tablespoon packed brown sugar

*for a bit of extra added flavor you can add 1/2 teaspoon of powdered ginger (optional)

Directions:

After chopping apples, stir all ingredients in a large bowl. Keep in refrigerator ’til ready to serve. Serve at room temperature. You can also pulse everything together in processor, just be very careful not to over-process. I often do this to save time. You don’t want it too fine, so just go gently with the processor if you go that route. I do it in the processor, and I know exactly how I like it to come out, so go easy with the chopping.  If it’s a little dry or too thick, you can always add more wine. I find this always tastes better after it sits and allows the wine  to really soak and ripen for 24 hours. Before serving, check for consistency and add a little more wine, if necessary.

Chicken Soup with Orzo and Veggies

I made this beautiful delicious soup the other night for dinner. It was easy and I used lots of veggies that I had in the house. I used a Rotisserie Chicken and boxed chicken stock which made this easy and quick to assemble. Of course you can use home-made stock and roast a whole chicken yourself. I decided to make this at about 5 p.m. and it really was ready about an hour later. I like my soups to sit and simmer for a while so we didn’t eat it till 7 p.m. but honestly this soup could have been eaten an hour after it was assembled. Total chopping and cooking time is about an hour but like I said I let it simmer for almost 2 hours. Perfection in a bowl. You can obviously substitute with different types of vegetables in this soup. A loaf of crusty bread would be very nice alongside this soup.

This soup can be refrigerated overnight and you might need to add a little water to thin out the soup. You can also freeze for up to 3 months.

Many of you saw me post this on Instagram and Facebook–if not please follow me on Cooking with Candi on both–thanks

*should serve between 4 and 6 nicely as a meal

 

Ingredients:

2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

1 medium carrot, halved lengthwise and thinly cut crosswise–or just thinly cut rounds

1 small turnip, diced

1/2 small sweet onion, finely chopped

1 small fennel bulb, cored and thinly sliced or diced whichever you like , I sliced thinly

1 celery rib, thinly sliced

2 garlic cloves, minced

Kosher Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper (or used coarse ground black pepper)

app. 1/4 lb. green beans, cut into 1/4’s or use yellow beans

8 cups Chicken Stock

12 cherry or small type tomatoes , quartered

1/2 cup (app) of frozen green peas

1 cup orzo, cook according to box directions for al dente and drained

a handful of arugula for each bowl thinly sliced, I used baby arugula

1 Rotisserie Chicken, remove skin and shred chicken off the bones

Directions:

In a large heavy stock pot or enamel cast iron pot ( Le Creuset) heat the olive oil over moderate heat. Add the carrot and turnip, then add in the onion, fennel, celery , garlic and a generous pinch of kosher salt and cook, stirring vegetables occasionally , cook until veggies break down and get soft without burning, probably up to 10 minutes on a low flame.

Stir in the green beans then add in the chicken stock and bring to a simmer. Add in the tomatoes and peas. Simmer the soup over moderately low heat, partially covered, until the vegetables are tender, at least 1/2 hour and up to 1 hour. I simmered for about an hour.

While soup is simmering taste for Salt and Pepper. Season to taste. Right before serving you can add chicken to pot and heat through.

When we were ready to eat I placed orzo and arugula into bowls and ladled hot soup over the arugula and orzo!

Afterwards I added orzo to the pot and froze soup for future use in airtight containers.

You can freeze in a good freezer for about 3 months. I figure it will be something to look forward to when we return to Colorado in the summer. When you re-heat the frozen soup you’ll need to add water/stock it’s your choice . I usually just add a little water at a time till the desired consistency is reached.

Passover ’17

It is almost here and the buzzing about “what I’m making” has already started. I try to put it to the back burner till about 2 weeks before the actual shopping and cooking. I have to admit to already picking up farfel, matzo, and matzo meal and a few other key ingredients.  The stores have had Passover ingredients for a few weeks already and I see a few of you sneaking peeks at my Passover Recipes already. No denying it, it’s time to at least start thinking about your menu or what you’re planning on bringing to the Seder you will be going to.

I am going to start posting all the recipes that I think you’ll be needing to look at in the next week or so.  You can also go to cookingwithcandi.com and put in the title of the recipe you are looking for,  you can also put in Passover to the search box and the Passover recipes should come up . I will try and make sure that all Passover recipes are tagged appropriately. Please do not hesitate to email me or contact me on cookingwithcandi.com , I do try and respond to all inquiries. Any suggestions?  I am always open to new and different recipes even if my family always wants the same old recipes. Tradition is what it’s all about.

Here are some of the recipes you might want to take a look at:

Let’s start at the beginning.

Homemade Chicken Soup with Not-So-Homemade Matzo Balls

Passover Popovers

Traditional Ashkenazi Charoset

Chicken Marbella-probably my go to Main Chicken Dish -it’s wonderful and spring like

Bree’s Slow Cooked Skirt Steaks

Slow Cooked Brisket-Super Easy

Happy New Year Brisket

Old School Meatballs (sweet and sour)

Un-Stuffed Cabbage

Apricot Honey-Mustard Chicken

Honey Roasted Chicken

Peach Farfel

Karyn’s Cranberry Apple Crisp for Passover

Chocolate Bark

Grandma Regina’s Farfel for Passover

Judy’s Apple Matzoh Kugel for Passover

Spinach Souffle for Passover-so very easy-Vegetarian/Dairy Side Dish

Chocolate Bark Surprise

Passover Cobbler

My Favorite Macaroons-Traditional Style for Passover

 

 

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Bree’s Slow Cooked Skirt Steaks- perfect for Passover because it frees up your oven

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Traditional Ashkenazi Charoset with Apples and Walnuts

 

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Peach Farfel -a must make dish

 

 

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Green Pea Soup from Bergdorf Goodman – Happy St. Patricks Day

IMG_7457IMG_7459IMG_7455 IMG_7466 IMG_7469Let’s celebrate St. Patricks Day with this delicious green soup! The first time I had this soup was downstairs in BG and I thought to myself I must re-create this delicious light soup. Low and behold along came *The Bergdorf Goodman Cookbook which included this delicious recipe.   My two favorite items to order on the BG menu are the Gotham Salad and  the Green Pea Soup and they are both right there in this wonderful little cookbook. There are many other delightful recipes in the book as well which make it a worthwhile purchase. The shocking part of this delicious soup was the addition of a sweet potato and soy sauce. I didn’t see that coming, I would have made it without either of those two items. The soy sauce adds an intense layer of flavor and the potato gives it some real texture. Blend well. I used my high-speed blender for this .

*The Bergdorf Goodman Cookbook by Laura Silverman–available through Amazon or Bergdorf Goodman

Ingredients:

2 Tablespoons Olive Oil

1 1/2 cups yellow onion, chopped

1 cup chopped celery

1 cup chopped carrots

1 whole sweet potato, peeled and chopped

1 Tablespoon chopped garlic

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper, if you have white pepper use it but I didn’t so I used black

3 3/4 cups chicken stock

2 Tablespoons soy sauce

1 lb. fresh or frozen , thawed green peas. I used one whole bag of frozen green peas.

1/2 cup chopped fresh flat parsley

Directions:

Heat the olive oil in a large stockpot over medium-low heat and sauté the onion, celery, carrots, sweet potato, garlic, salt and pepper until the vegetables are tender but not brown. I let it cook down for about 1/2 hour.

Add the stock and soy sauce and bring to a boil. Stir in the peas and just blanch them for a minute.

Turn off the heat. Cool slightly, then add the parsley ( don’t omit the fresh parsley, please) Taste for Salt but I found it was just right with the 1 teaspoon.

In a blender or food processor, do it in batches ( I did it in 3) , puree all the ingredients until smooth. Serve warm!

Love the taste and enjoy all the healthy benefits!!!

*can be made vegan with vegetable stock

Sheet Pan Shrimp with Asparagus and Potatoes

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This dinner was just delicious.  I used under 8 size shrimp. What this means is that there were about 8 to a pound , so rather large and the cooking times were perfect for them. You will probably have to adjust your cooking time depending on the size of your shrimp. Obviously the larger shrimp took a little longer to cook. I will give you a range of time for anywhere from under 16 to under 8. Timing will vary depending on your oven and the size of the shrimp you use.  The potatoes and asparagus times will remain pretty much the same. I just love cooking on one sheet in the oven! This recipe is a keeper and one I will re-visit often and maybe use different veggies, since I am the only one who ate the asparagus anyway.

Ingredients:

1 pound large shrimp ( anywhere from 8 – 16 count) is perfect – thawed, peeled and de-veined and leave the tails on

Extra – Virgin Olive Oil

3 cloves of garlic-minced

1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes if you hate the spice you can omit it

2 Lemons, 1 for zest and juice of, the other 1 thinly sliced

1 lb. Asparagus-trimmed

1 lb. Fingerling Potatoes–halved lengthwise

Kosher Salt and Freshly Ground Pepper–read directions for amounts

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Spray a large rimmed baking sheet for easy clean up

Place the shrimp in a large mixing bowl and drizzle with 2 Tbsp. Olive Oil . Add in minced garlic and crushed red pepper flakes. Stir to coat and set aside.

In another mixing bowl , toss the sliced potatoes with 1 Tbsp. Olive Oil. Season generously with Kosher Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper. Transfer Potatoes to the baking sheet in a single layer. Roast potatoes for anywhere between 20 and 30 minutes, or until they are almost tender.

While potatoes are roasting, toss asparagus with 1/2 Tbsp.of Olive Oil and season with Salt and Pepper,  Set aside

Now add 1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice to bowl of shrimp and toss to coat. Season Shrimp pretty generously with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper.

After 20 minutes or so remove potatoes from the oven and add asparagus and lemon slices to baking sheet. Continue to roast potatoes and asparagus for another 10 minutes,  potatoes should be tender by now , pierce a potatoe with a fork to check for tenderness. If potatoes still need time you can leave them in for a few more minutes. Using a slotted spoon add shrimp to baking sheet and put back in the oven. Roast for another 10 minutes or until shrimp are pink-opaque and firm to touch. My shrimp took about 12 more minutes, this time will depend on your shrimp. I checked after 5 minutes and using tongs turned them over and continued cooking for another 7 more minutes.

When I removed from oven I sprinkled with lemon zest. Perfection on a plate!

*one added tip– after my shrimp is peeled and de-veined and before I am about to cook I always wrap my shrimp in some paper towels to dry them off. It helps with the oil and spices sticking to shrimp.

 

 

 

Mediterranean Shrimp –Roasted with Feta

IMG_8507 IMG_8500IMG_8506IMG_8493 IMG_8497 IMG_8494 IMG_8498 IMG_8486 IMG_8487 IMG_8490Most outstanding shrimp recipe from Ina Garten. All the tastes of the Mediterranean in one dish. It’s roasted shrimp with feta, fennel, tomatoes, lemons, Pernod,  wine and other good things. This was really so very delicious we ate it 2 nights in a row. It doesn’t need rice or pasta but if you’re having 6 people you can stretch it by adding the starch.  I used 1 1/4 lbs.  of shrimp and we had dinner for 2 nights. It was the first time making recipe so I wanted to use the right amount of ingredients. You can easily cut this in half for two people. This recipe as is will generously serve 4.

There are a lot of ingredients and I had to buy a bottle of Pernod but don’t let this discourage you.  You’ll also need a 12″ heavy ovenproof skillet and there is a lot of prep but you’ll look like a pro when this dish comes out of the oven. It really wasn’t difficult and have your fish store prepare shrimp. (Peel and de-vein) if you’d like you can leave tails on but I didn’t and it was perfectly fine.

Ingredients:

4 tablespoons olive oil, divided into 2 tablespoons each

1 1/2 cups medium-diced fennel

3 cloves garlic, minced

1/4 cup dry white wine

1 14 1/2 oz. can diced tomatoes

2 teaspoons tomato paste

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1 Tablespoon Pernod ( available in most liquor stores)

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1 1/2 lbs ( app. 16 per pound) peeled and de-veined shrimp ( I prefer Mexican White and can usually obtain them) Talk to your local Fish Store.

4 -5 ounces good feta cheese, coarsely crumbled

1 cup fresh bread crumbs , yes I made them myself in the food processor–just throw 3 slices of white bread into food processor with crusts on and chop! it’s so much better than store-bought, just saying.

3 Tablespoons minced fresh parsley

2 lemons–1 for zesting and juicing and 1 cut into wedges to serve with dish

Directions:

Prepare shrimp and set aside, I like to place clean shrimp on paper towels to dry them before cooking.

Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees.

Spray 12″ skillet with cooking spray for easier clean-up. Heat 2 Tablespoons of olive oil over medium-low heat. Add the chopped fennel and sauté for about 10 minutes, until the fennel is softened. Add the garlic and cook for a quick minute. Add the wine and bring to a boil, scraping up any brown bits for about 2-3 minutes and the liquid is reduced by about half. Add the tomatoes with their liquid, tomato paste , oregano, Pernod, Salt and Pepper to the skillet. Simmer over medium-low heat , stirring occasionally, for about 15 minutes.

While the shrimp is cooking combine the bread crumbs, parsley, and lemon zest with the remaining 2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil and set aside.

Turn off the heat and arrange the shrimp (see photo) in one layer over the tomato mixture in the skillet. Scatter the feta evenly over the shrimp. Then sprinkle the bread crumb mixture over the shrimp.

Bake in 400 degree oven for app. 15 minutes, until the shrimp are cooked and the bread crumbs are golden brown. (you can cut into a shrimp and make sure it’s opaque at this time)

Remove from oven and squeeze the juice of 1 lemon (I used zested lemon) over the shrimp. Serve hot with the remaining lemon cut into wedges.

Tuna Ceviche

I struggled with the title for this recipe and finally decided to name it Ceviche because it is the interpretation of what this tuna really is. When a fish is denatured by a citrus juice, in this case lime juice it really is considered to be a ceviche which is very popular in Latin America. However the recipe that I got this from was titled Tuna Tartare. My resident “fish expert” wants it to be called Ceviche and he enjoyed it very much. This is the second time I made this recipe. The first was on New Years Eve and I made it with my friend, Susan. We made the amounts listed here, last night I made 1 box and cut the recipe by 2/3. You can play somewhat with ingredients, you might not want to use hot sauce or jalapeno and you can omit. I have to say I used both last night and would have liked it spicier. Next time I will add more hot sauce.

Also a little note after researching the topic of Tuna. The original recipe says to mix well so I did, but if you mix well with the fish in it you cause a lot of air to get into the fish and the fish will turn a browner color. It is just oxygenation of the fish and it is not harmful. So I recommend mixing the sauce well first and then add to the fish and stir gently and cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least an hour to allow flavors to marinate. The change in color is not harmful as long as you are starting out with very fresh tuna . I used a box of sushi grade frozen tuna available in my Whole Foods Market. You can purchase from your local fish store as well. The frozen one was very easy to work with but comes in very small blocks. (see picture) and is rather pricey.

It takes about 1/2 hour to prep. and is worth the effort. This recipe will probably serve 6-8 and maybe a little more as an appetizer. I served alongside some delicious tortilla chips but any chips will do. The layering of all these flavors is spectacular. If you don’t want to use toasted sesame seeds you can omit.

*I would eat any left-overs within 24 hours.

Ingredients:

1 1/4 lb. sushi grade tuna (see photo of the tuna I used or ask your local fish merchant)

3/4 cup good olive oil

3 limes, zest grated

1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime juice ( use the limes you just zested) you may need more so have a few extra on hand. I used a juicer because it’s impossible to hand squeeze limes.

1 teaspoon wasabi powder

1 1/4 Tbsp. Soy Sauce

1 Tbsp. Hot Red Pepper Sauce–I used Cholula Hot Sauce

1 Tbsp. Kosher Salt

1/2 Tbsp. Freshly Ground Pepper

app. 6 minced scallions, white and green parts

1/2 -1 Minced Fresh Jalapeno Pepper, seeds removed–wear plastic gloves and leave a few seeds if you like spicier.

3 ripe Haas Avocados or any ones you can get

1 Tbsp. Toasted Sesame Seeds, optional if you don’t want the seeds.

Directions:

Follow directions on the box of sushi grade tuna for defrosting

if you’re not using fresh. Make sure fish is dry and cut the tuna into small dice pieces about 1/4″and place in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, combine the olive oil, lime zest, lime juice, wasabi, soy sauce, hot red pepper sauce, salt and pepper, use a whisk and whisk well then pour over the tuna , add the scallions and jalapeno and mix gently and quickly so as not to oxygenate tuna too much. Cut the avocados in half, remove the pit and peel. Cut the avocado into small chunks to your liking. Carefully mix the avocado into the tuna mixture. Add the toasted sesame seeds, if you are using and season to taste. Allow the mixture to sit in the refrigerator for at least an hour for the flavors to meld together.

Serve with tortilla chips of your liking and Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

Lemon Garlic Chicken with Mushrooms

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IMG_0589I had chicken breasts in the refrigerator ready to go and had to figure out what I was doing with them using ingredients that I had in the house.  I had lemons, garlic, even had fresh rosemary in the house. I really threw this together and the next time out I would use thin chicken cutlets or pound the ones I had thinner.   I used 1 package of cutlets for the 2 of us, which is usually around the 1 lb. mark. This recipe would be perfect for 1 lb. of chicken cutlets. Double up for 2 lbs.

As I said this was a very thrown together recipe. I tried to keep track of what I was doing so I could duplicate recipe. It is one of those recipes that you sort of wing as you go. We really enjoyed this chicken and I hope you will too.

Ingredients:

1 package of thin chicken cutlets or app. 4 chicken cutlets

2 Tbsp. olive oil

2 Tbsp. Grapeseed Oil, if no Grapeseed Oil use canola or sunflower

3 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice ( app. 1 average size lemon)

2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour, if you’re gluten-free use gluten-free flour such as rice flour, or corn flour and it will be just fine

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 Tsp. fresh rosemary, chopped

1 Tsp. Kosher Salt and more to taste

1/2 Tsp. Freshly Ground Black Pepper and more to taste

1/4 cup dry white wine

Directions:

Whisk together in a large bowl the olive oil, lemon juice, rosemary and 1 tsp. kosher salt and 1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper. Place chicken cutlets into bowl and place in the refrigerator for a 1/2 hour.

Remove chicken cutlets from marinade and place on a plate, discard the marinade. I sprinkled a little more kosher salt and pepper on the top side of chicken (shiny side) . Then dredge lightly in the flour, you should have more than enough flour with 2 Tbsp. but if you need more you can add it. Tap Breasts after you dredge to remove excess flour.

Turn oven on low or a warming drawer works well here , just to keep chicken warm after you cook it on stovetop.  Heat a large skillet over medium to high heat and add grapeseed oil. When oil is very hot, place one or two pieces of chicken in the pan–don’t crowd. Cook for a few minutes on each side, (try not to overcook or the chicken will be very dry) just until you see it browning up, this is why the thinner chicken works best here.  Transfer to a plate and blot the chicken with paper towel. Cook all the chicken. I placed chicken on a baking sheet and put in the oven/warming drawer while I cooked the mushrooms.

Turn burner down to medium high heat , add mushrooms to the pan and sprinkle with a little kosher salt and pepper. Let them sear for about a minute without touching them, then stir , scraping the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon. When the mushrooms start to soften add the wine, chopped thyme, and you can taste for salt and pepper. Continue to stir the mushrooms until the wine has evaporated and mushrooms are tender and ready , app. 10 minutes. I removed chicken from oven , plated it up over basmati rice and added the mushrooms over the chicken. That’s it and it was delicious.