Mushroom Caviar (Gribnaia Ikra) 6.000
Dec 27, 1987

This appetizer could one-up eggplant caviar, and it's certainly less expensive than the real thing.

Serve with toasted pita, black bread or toast triangles.

Make Ahead: The cooked mushroom mixture needs to be refrigerated overnight.


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Tested size: 6 servings

  • For the mushrooms
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup distilled white vinegar
  • 3 cloves garlic, slivered
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 4 whole black peppercorns
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 pound mushrooms, cleaned
  • For the caviar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Pitted olives, diced, for garnish
  • Diced red bell pepper, for garnish


For the mushrooms: Combine the water, oil, vinegar, garlic, bay leaves, cloves, peppercorns, salt and sugar in a large saute pan over medium-high heat; once the mixture comes to a boil, cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in the mushrooms; once the mixture is boiling again, cook for 2 minutes. Transfer to a heatproof container; cool, then cover and refrigerate overnight.

Drain and discard the marinade from the mushrooms. Cut the mushrooms into very small dice.

For the caviar: Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Once the oil shimmers, stir in the onion until coated, then cook for about 8 minutes, until it is translucent. Stir in the diced mushrooms; cook for about 10 minutes, then add the garlic. Season lightly with salt and pepper.

Transfer to a serving bowl; garnish with the diced olives and red bell pepper.

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Recipe Source

Adapted from "Snacks & Sandwiches," by the editors of Time-Life Books (Time-Life Books, 1980).

Tested by The Washington Post.

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