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Chanterelle-Potato Salad with Pancetta, Shallots, and Thyme

Chanterelles are chef Dory Ford's favorite mushroom. Prep and Cook Time: 55 minutes. Notes: If you don't have enough pancetta drippings for the potatoes, add some olive oil.

  • Yield: Makes 8 servings


  • 12 ounces fresh chanterelle mushrooms or 10 oz. shiitake mushrooms
  • 6 ounces slab pancetta or thick-cut bacon, diced
  • 3 pounds baby Yukon Gold potatoes, halved lengthwise (if potatoes are longer than 2 in., cut into quarters)
  • 4 none medium cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 none medium shallot, minced
  • 1/3 cup Chardonnay or other white wine
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh tarragon
  • 1 tablespoon chopped chives
  • 1/2 cup White-Wine Vinaigrette


1. Preheat oven to 375°. Wipe chanterelles with a damp cloth or scrape with a knife to remove dirt; cut away dry, woody parts. Tear mushrooms into 1-in. pieces.

2. Cook pancetta in a large frying pan over medium-high heat until crisp and browned, about 7 minutes. Transfer with a slotted spoon to paper towels, reserving drippings.

3. Toss potatoes with 3 tbsp. reserved pancetta drippings (see Notes), garlic, thyme, 1 tsp. salt, and 1/2 tsp. pepper. Divide potatoes between two 9- by 13-in. glass baking pans. Bake, stirring every 10 minutes, until tender, well browned, and crispy, 25 to 35 minutes. Remove from oven and keep warm.

4. Melt butter in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Add shallot and cook until soft, 1 minute. Add mushrooms and cook, stirring occasionally, until browned, 5 to 6 minutes. Add Chardonnay, remaining 1/2 tsp. salt, and remaining 1/4 tsp. pepper; scrape up browned bits and cook until liquid evaporates, about 2 minutes.

5. In a large bowl, toss together potatoes, mushrooms, pancetta, tarragon, and chives. Drizzle with vinaigrette. Serve warm, with fennel-spiced wild salmon.

Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 385none
  • Calories from fat: 58%
  • Protein: 8.1g
  • Fat: 25g
  • Saturated fat: 8g
  • Carbohydrate: 34g
  • Fiber: 2.5g
  • Sodium: 680mg
  • Cholesterol: 20mg

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