Mushrooms make for a great hearty vegetable side. Whole roasted mushrooms roasted with fresh sprigs of lemon thyme make a rustic side dish that goes well with almost anything savory. And, they’re an excellent example of how powerful fat can be for adding flavor to your cooking. Starting with some coconut oil or clarified butter in a roasting pan gives you that slightly nutty flavor as a base, and brings out the flavor of the herbs even more as well as adding a flavor of its own. This Oven Roasted Mushrooms with Lemon Thyme recipe features crimini and shiitake mushrooms, roasted in the sweet aroma of Lemon Thyme. Just like normal Thyme, it looks exactly the same, but offers a bit more flavor and aromatic notes to your dishes. It delivers a soft herbal thyme flavor along with a subtle essence of lemon, all without any of the bitterness we sometimes get from regular thyme.
Alternately, if you're looking for something heartier, you can serve these with poached salmon or roasted chicken. You can also make these ahead of time, and pack them for lunch and toss them up in a salad.
What You'll Need
16 oz. cremini mushrooms
16 oz shiitake mushrooms
4 garlic cloves, minced
6 to 8 fresh lemon thyme sprigs
Coconut oil or Clarified butter
Freshly ground black pepper
What You'll Need To Know
Preheat your oven to 375 F.
Add cooking fat, garlic and thyme sprigs to an oven proof skillet and mix together until the mushrooms are coated.
Season the mushrooms to taste with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper.
Drizzle with the olive oil and roast in the oven for 25-30 minutes.
Remove the skillet from oven and baste the mushrooms with the sauce that remains in the bottom of the skillet.
Recipe makes 4 servings.