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Warm Mushroom Salad (Serves 4)

Copyright 2004, Barefoot in Paris by Ina Garten, Clarkson Potter/Publishers, All Rights Reserved

Photo: Courtesy of Food Network

1 pound cremini mushrooms
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
4 tablespoons good olive oil, divided
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
4 bunches of fresh arugula, washed and spun dry
8 slices good Italian prosciutto
2 tablespoons sherry wine vinegar
Chunk of Parmesan cheese
8 sun-dried tomatoes in oil, drained and julienned
Fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves

Clean the mushrooms by brushing the tops with a clean sponge. Don’t wash them! Remove and discard the stems and slice the caps 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick.

In a large sauté pan, heat the butter and 2 tablespoons of the olive oil until bubbly. Add the mushrooms, salt, and pepper to the pan, and sauté for 3 minutes over medium heat, tossing frequently. Reduce the heat to low and sauté for another 2 to 3 minutes, until cooked through.

Meanwhile, arrange the arugula on 4 lunch plates and cover each portion with 2 slices of prosciutto. When the mushrooms are cooked, add the sherry vinegar and the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil to the hot pan. Spoon the mushrooms and sauce on top of the prosciutto. With a vegetable peeler, make large shavings of Parmesan cheese and place on top of the hot mushrooms. Sprinkle with the sun-dried tomatoes, parsley leaves, salt, and pepper, and serve warm.

Note: For filming, Ina prepared the salad on a platter.