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STEP 1: Gather the ingredients

  • 3 cups of dry pine mushrooms (or porcini mushrooms)
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 3 tbsp of fresh rosemary
  • 1/4 cup of black olives
  • Juice from half a lemon
  • A pinch of ginger
  • 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil

 

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STEP 2: Rehydrate mushrooms

Simply add the dried pine mushrooms into a bowl full of hot (not boiling) water and wait for about 20 minutes stirring occasionally. Drain the water and chop. Remember that dried mushrooms increase in volume 3 to 4 times, so only make the amount you will need.

Note: Dried mushrooms are much more flavorful than their freshly picked counterparts

Sustainable Food, Tapenade, dried mushrooms, porcini mushrooms, black olives dip, vegan food, vegetarian food

STEP 3: Chop the garlic

This is a low-tech chunky recipe so make sure you chop the garlic into tiny pieces—we will not use a blender this time.

Sustainable Food, Tapenade, dried mushrooms, porcini mushrooms, black olives dip, vegan food, vegetarian food

STEP 4: Chop the rosemary

Chop the rosemary or any other fresh herb you might have in the garden or growing on your windowsill. You could also use thyme as it goes very well with mushrooms.

 

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STEP 5: Chop the olives

Add black salted olives to the mix and you won’t need any salt.

 

Sustainable Food, Tapenade, dried mushrooms, porcini mushrooms, black olives dip, vegan food, vegetarian food

STEP 6: Grate some ginger

A pinch of grated ginger will enhance the mushrooms flavor while also giving the mix a fragrant edge.

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STEP 7: Juice your lemon

The juice of half lemon will give the tapenade a fresh acidic taste. If you want, you can also zest some lemon for a sweeter flavor.

 

Sustainable Food, Tapenade, dried mushrooms, porcini mushrooms, black olives dip, vegan food, vegetarian food

STEP 8: Mix it all together

Place the chopped mushrooms, garlic, rosemary, olives, lemon and ginger in a bowl and let the juices mix. Enjoy this yummy mushrooms tapenade on toasts, use it for stuffing vegetables, add it to a sandwich as spread or store it in the fridge inside a glass container for later—it will taste even better the next day!

Photos by Ana Lisa Alperovich for Inhabitat