Nordic Cuisine for the Home Cook – Sauteed Chanterelles and Radishes with Beer Vinegar

The last bit of summer vegetables combined in a beautiful and tasty side dish. Quick and perfect for a friday steak or sunday lunch.
By Mia Irene Kristensen

Chanterelles. The autumn veggies are very soon to be found in both farmers markets, but until then I’m indulging myself in the bits of summer. The peppery, nutty and sometimes  floral notes of the beautiful chanterelles becomes even more distinct, when fried in butter for just a few minutes, to soften them a bit, without making them soggy.

Denmark is not big on chanterelles, so most of these amazing mushrooms are thankfully brought to us by the neighbors. Sweden produces lovely, almost “meaty” chanterelles, much more tasty than the polish variety we can choose from. It’s not a cheap mushroom, I must say, but the flavor is definitely worth a little extra. Instead of using your savings, go foraging with family and friends – chanterelles are easily recognisable if you live in an area, where they grow, often in forest with moss and moist soils. In Denmark you can spot good places for picking chanterelles using Byhøst.

Danish Beer Vinegar.
To match the mustard and umami flavor I love adding a splash of acidity to my mushroom dishes. Either by adding dry sherry, wine or vinegar. Not much, just enough to bring the flavors a live and avoid the boring blandness, that some mushroom dishes posses. Beer vinegar is a new product in Denmark and only one of the local beer brewers are also fermenting his tasty beer into even more tasty vinegar. I used the wheat beer vinegar because it’s vibrant, fruity and not to sour, but if you can’t find it use apple or cider vinegar instead.

Roasting radishes makes the mustardy taste milder and the texture soft and almost creamy.
Butter-sauteed danish radishes, swedish chanterelles and a little beer vinegar to taste!
Sauteed chanterelles and radishes
 
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Beautiful golden chanterelles and crisp radishes - perfect side dish for a late summer grill-night or a piece of baked cod fillet.
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Recipe Type: Side dish
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 20 radishes
  • 100-150g chanterelles
  • 10g unsalted butter
  • 3 tsp. beer vinegar or apple/cider vinegar
  • salt and pepper
  • parsley
Instructions
  1. Halve the radishes and clean the chanterelles using a soft brush.
  2. Melt the butter on a pan over medium heat.
  3. When the butter is finish bubbling add the radishes and fry for 3-4 minutes.
  4. Add the vinegar, pepper and stir the pan.
  5. Add the chanterelles and fry for 3 minutes, until they are golden and slightly soft.
  6. Sprinkle with salt and parsley - serve right away!

Tasty wheat beer vinegar from Herslev Bryghus – use apple vinegar if you can’t find beer vinegar.

Photos by Mia Irene Kristensen

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