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Oct 4, 2002 04:51 PM

recipes for hen of the woods?

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Hey all you wild mushroom lovers, I have a wonderful predicament. I just found a 10 lb. hen of the woods mushroom (Grifola frondosa) and wonder what are some good ways to prepare this besides sauteing in a little butter.

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  1. Cut in half.

    Pack half in box.

    Seal with tape.

    Ship to me ;-)

    My wife's favorite shroom.

    It would be great in a beef stew.

    Sauteed with onion in omlets.

    Sauteed in a cream sauce with chicken breasts or over broiled swordfish.

    In a Risotto.

    Yum I am so jealous!

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    1. re: StriperGuy

      I just found about 20 lbs. of the most perfect Grifola frondosa clusters I've ever seen anywhere. I can't believe my luck. They're as clean as they could possibly be and at the perfect stage of ripeness. They were in plain sight of the road, so I'm amazed that no one else grabbed them. I'll have enough in the freezer to last for at least a year.

      1. re: StriperGuy

        Donna, you are hilarious. I read your response to my husband, who came home with a 30 pounder today, and he laughed his butt off.

      2. 10 lbs!
        jesus! take a didgital pic and show us!
        that is crazy great!
        I would sauteee it with some a little bit of butter and garlic and then a splash of brandy or marsala at the end and sprinkle then scarf it down with some cheese and bread and a good wine.
        and then i would do it again, becuase hot damn! i have 10 lbs of it!
        oh my god.

        1. Sauteed in butter and shallot, sprinkle with thyme, salt and pepper and add a splash of white wine or sherry toward the end. If you really want decadent, stir in a spoon of creme fraiche to finish (off the heat). Serve over grilled slabs of white bread -- brioche or just a good french pullman. And repeat.

          1. Deep fry in a light batter! I had it that way over salad green's at Jack McDavid's firehouse about 10 years ago. Scrumptious. Perhaps a light blue cheese dressing (not too pungent).

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              Stanley Stephan

              Once you finish it you should be really, really healthy.

              There are studies that show these mushrooms shrink tumors (lots of cancer research going on), lower blood pressure and are helpful in controling diabetes. It is also said to boost the immune systen.

              Anyway, the following mushroom site says it has a number of aliases. It is really a very nice mushroom site.


              hen-of-the-woods mushroom = maitake mushroom = ram's head mushroom = sheep's head mushroom = kumotake mushroom

              Here's a recipe for Wild Vegetable Mushroom Soup


              One restuarant had the following on it's menu:

              Roasted Hen of the Woods Mushroom Salad
              With caramelized fennel, heirloom tomatoes, garlic and fresh herbs. Served with assorted chickories drizzled with aged ruby port vinaigrette and topped with shaved Grana Padano cheese.

              Thomas keller had a recipe for foie gras and hen of the woods mushrooms, but as I am boycotting foie gras, if this interests you, it is out on the internet.

              The site below has 5 maitake mushroom recipes.
              - Stir Fry Maitake Mushroom & Beef with Oyster Sauce
              - Maitake Mushroom and Spinach Salad
              - Stir Fried Steamed Rice
              - Pasta with Maitake Mushroom and Camembert Cheese
              - Bordeaux Wine Stew with Maitake Mushroom and Beef

              The nushroom link says if you don't have miatake mushrooms, you can subsitute oyster mushrooms. So visa versa seems reasonable. If you do an advanced search in Google, you can get over 2000 hits using the following criteria.

              with all of the words: recipe
              with the exact phrase: oyster mushrooms

              There was a recipe for beer battered oyster mushrooms I thought was interesting.



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              1. re: Stanley Stephan

                Wow! Thank you Stanley, and everyone else, for the excellent suggestions. I will check out these links. The only thing I would disagree with is the assertion that oyster mushrooms are a suitable substitute. IMHO they're too pale a flavor to substitute. Shiitake or portabello are more in the same league as a hen.

                Off to cook and freeze mushrooms, hey ho.