Sautéd Mushrooms with Sesame Oil and Tahini Sauce

The love for mushrooms I always had. Their surreal shapes and intense colors always fascinated me and I was drawn to them. But my big love for their taste developed just a few years ago as I worked as a cook in a restaurant, in which mushrooms were an inseparable ingredient in many dishes. I even tried to "invent" a dish with Portobello Mushrooms, and it already had a name, but somehow it never went through. Anyway, since then I fell in love with the taste of mushrooms and each and every time I'm excited to cook something with them or just have them as a quick snack and connect with their strong taste of the earth. Actually I'm quite lucky because my wife's family is an expert in gathering mushrooms and every once in a while we get a package with all kinds of mushrooms, dried or fresh\frozen, and the variety is large.

Mushrooms have many benefits. They are low on calories and sodium, but rich with potassium, B vitamins and vitamin D. Although the number of species that are eatable is relatively low than the number of species existing all in all (3000 from more than 14000), but still there is enough to choose from.          

For this dish it is better to use more than one kind of mushrooms and of course the fresher the better. I am not a bit fan of washing the mushrooms, because they absorb redundant liquids for nothing. It's better to remove the dirt with your hand or with a small brush.

The taste that obtained from the combination of the mushrooms with the sesame oil and the tahini sauce is very earthy and it has a lot of potential to go well with many other dishes.

The Ingredients :

A variety of mushrooms
Olive oil
Sesame oil
A good soy sauce
Some pepper
Sesame seeds
Fresh parsley

Raw tahini
Cold water

Chop the onion and the garlic and sauté them in a pan with some olive oil, until they get some color. Chop the mushrooms as well – not so small, and sauté them for a few minutes with the onion and garlic. After a few minutes add some sesame oil and stir. Add some soy sauce and lower the heat. In the meantime roast the sesame seeds in a small pan and make the tahini sauce. Just add some lemon juice to the raw tahini and mix it with cold water until it is nice and smooth.
Place the ready mushrooms in a nice plate, add some pepper and drizzle the tahini sauce on top. Add the roasted sesame seeds and a bit chopped parsley. It goes very well with a nice bowl of rice or even with fresh baked bread. Enjoy! 

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