Yesterday I made a really tasty mushroom salad, it is one of our favorite foods to buy at the grocery in Finland, but I had never made it myself. In Finnish groceries, you can find two different kinds of mushroom salad: herkkusienisalatti made of button mushrooms and metsäsienisalatti made from different mushrooms commonly found in the forest. Both are delicious!
I found a recipe in an old Time/Life book, Recipes: the Cooking of Scandinavia and decided to modify it a bit.
Mushrooms grow everywhere in Finland, my husband’s favorite type is chanterelle (kantarelli), but they are really hard to find here. I found some dried ones in a jar at a local grocery which carries a lot of ethnic foods. After soaking a few in warm water for a couple of hours, I cut them up and boiled them with some fresh button mushrooms. This gave the salad a richer flavor.
First, I soaked the dried mushrooms for a couple of hours.
Then I chopped the chanterelles and about a pound of button mushrooms. In a small pot, I added the soaking water plus enough extra water to cover the mushrooms.