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Skewered Crisp Shiitakes With Garlic

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From Mark Bittman, author of "How to Cook Everything" comes this simple finger food. The recipe makes easy work out of an unusual appetizer, and the skewers are simply toothpicks. Skewered Crisp Shiitakes with Garlic 40 shiitake mushroom caps, about 1 pound (stems should be reserved for stock or discarded) 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil 4 large cloves garlic, peeled and sliced thin (but not shaved) Salt, to taste Pepper, to taste [amazon-product]0767911938[/amazon-product]Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Put shiitakes on one layer in a roasting pan and add olive oil. Roast for about 20 minutes, until the shiitakes have begun to shrink. Stir in the garlic, salt and pepper, and return to oven, tossing and turning occasionally, until the shiitakes are crisp, and garlic slices are crisp and browned. Skewer the shiitakes on toothpicks and lay on a warm serving plate. Scatter over the garlic "chips."  Serve right away. Serves 8-10 Adapted from "The Minimalist Entertains" by Mark Bittman
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