Salad of Bitter Lettuce and Mushroom Confit

Confit used to be reserved for preserving duck or goose. Today, the word is associated with any ingredient that is cooked long and slow in oil. Mushrooms are a great favourite of mine done this way - they have a juicy texture and interesting taste and can be used in salads, quickly sautéed as a side dish or served as a little hors d'oeuvre. You will end up with plenty of leftover herb-scented vegetable oil; just strain and use for cooking. These mushrooms will keep for at least 2 weeks covered in oil.

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