Fungi di Monte

Mountain Mushrooms

Source: Libro di cucina del secolo XIV, 14th century.

Original Recipe:

Fungi di Monte

Toglie fungi di monte, e lessali: e gittatene via l’acquaa, mettili poi a friggere con cipolla tritata minuto, o con bianco di porro, spezie e sale e dà a mangiare..

Translation: (from The Medieval Kitchen: Recipes from France and Italy)

Mountain Mushrooms

Take mountain mushroom and boil them; and discard the water; then fry them with finely sliced onion, or with white of leek, spices, and salt, and serve.

My Interpretation:

1 pound Mushroom ¼ teaspoon Pepper ground
1 small Onion ¼ teaspoon Salt
2 tablespoon Olive oil ¼ teaspoon Nutmeg, freshly grated

Quarter and parboil mushrooms and drain. Slice onion and sauté mushrooms, onions, spices and salt until onions are translucent and serve.


I like to use a combination of the Brown Crimini & White Button mushrooms for this dish. I have yet to determine what variety of mushrooms are inferred by "Mountain Mushroom".

A variation on this recipe is substituting a couple cloves of minced garlic for the onion. I did this variation for a feast for the Principality of the Mists Fall Investiture in 2003.


The Medieval Kitchen: Recipes from France and Italy; Odile Redon, Françoise Sabban, & Silvano Serventi, translated to the English by Edward Schneider; The University of Chicago Press, 1998
- This book pulls a lot of recipes from a variety of Medieval sources and contains both the recipe in its original language as well as a translation. It features modernized versions of the recipes.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size: 1 serving
Servings Per Recipe: 8
Amount Per Serving
Calories:  47
Calories from fat: 31 (64% of tot cal)

% Daily Value*

Total Fat   3g 5%
     Saturated Fat  0g 2%
Cholesterol   0mg 0%
Sodium   77mg 3%
Total Carbo    4g 1%
     Dietary Fiber   1g 2%
     Sugars    2g  
Protein   2g  
Vitamin A       0% Vitamin C     2%
Calcium         1% Iron      3%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.  Your daily values may be higher or lower depending upon your caloric intake.

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