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Vegan tapa series: setas al ajillo

I remember back in 2013 when I moved to Madrid and discovered setas al ajillo, a garlicky, earthy tapa often served in a sizzling in a clay-dish in the north of Spain. Making them at home is a whiz – only 5 ingredients (minus the salt), and it only takes 15 minutes to whip up! Plus, is there anything more fabulous then garlic sizzling in olive oil perfuming the house? I don’t think so! After devouring, make sure you’ve got some bread to wipe up the drippings, that’s the best part!

Mushrooms are my choice ingredient for vegetarian meals because they provide the familiar meaty(ish) texture that ex-carnivores crave. They are also versatile and great for recreating old childhood favourites like my sausage rolls. I find it so funny that I used to hate mushrooms as a kid, and now they give me all the warm nostalgic fuzzies when I eat them. How queer…

Tip:

DON’T wash your mushrooms, wipe them down with a clean dish cloth or paper towel. Fungi absorb liquids like sponges. You want your ‘shrooms to absorb the aromas of the ingredients, not flavourless water.

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Sautéed mushrooms (setas al ajillo)
Setas al ajillo (sautéed garlic mushrooms)
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Servings
people (as a tapa)
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Servings
people (as a tapa)
Setas al ajillo (sautéed garlic mushrooms)
Instructions
  1. Clean your mushrooms by wiping them with a paper towel or dish cloth. Try to avoid washing them with water as this prevents them from soaking up all of the flavours.
  2. Heat your oil in a pan on medium heat and throw in your minced garlic. Sautée your garlic for about one minute to infuse the oil with its flavour.
  3. Throw in your mushrooms and let cook for about 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. When your mushrooms look almost ready, pour in the white wine. Continue to cook until the wine has been mostly absorbed by the mushrooms. Sprinkle over the parsley, season with salt and pepper to taste and serve immediately with bread.
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  1. Yummy on toast

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