recipes for hen of the woods?
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.
What I do with all wild mushrooms I'm not going to dry and store in mason jars: I never add butter to the mushrooms at first. In a warm saute pan I first sweat them first. They will then give up any moisture they have. I pour this liquid gold off and save/freeze in ice cube trays if I'm not using it in a soup/sauce/stew. When the mushrooms are now empty of moisture I then add a bit of butter and a very small pinch of nutmeg. I saute them till golden and serve them on toast sometimes. Other wise they go into virtually any savory dish I'm preparing. The reason I sweat the mushroom first is I want the mushrooms to absorb all the butter. They will stay nice and firm and go a nice golden color. Otherwise the result can tend to be 'mushy' tasting/looking. Oil and water don't mix. LOL I don't add any strong spices or herbs bc they will just mask the delicious flavor of the mushrooms.
Sorry if I'm kicking an old post but thought I'd share how I like them. I learned this from my neighbor when I found him searching my yard. I asked him what he was doing and he said he was looking for mushrooms. He's Italian and called them signorina mushrooms.
Clean the mushroom by hand to remove any dirt, bugs, leaves
Boil 3-4 quarts of water with 2 teaspoons of salt and 2 teaspoons of white vinegar
Add mushrooms to boiling water and boil for 20 minutes
Remove, rinse and cool
Cut into 2 inch slices
Dredge in seasoned flour
Fry in olive oil until golden
If you slice them thin they come out like the most tasty chip you've ever had.
If you slice them a bit thicker, the mushroom stays meaty with a crispy outside.
I'm sure some of you are cringing at boiling these first, but I find the mushroom very astringent and I may even have a slight allergy to it. Raw it can make my mouth tingle a little (although I never ate a lot raw). I find that boiling the mushroom removes the astringency but retains much of the flavor.
That doesn't sound good. I certainly hope you make it for many more harvests to come.
You say you'll wait until next summer but I always get my mushrooms in the fall. I've read that they bloom (fruit? flower?) after a frost followed by a warm day. Generally they come out after the first frost if the following day isn't too cold. I suppose these conditions could happen in the spring but I've never seen them then. Where do you live?
Are you sure you're talking about "Hen of the Woods" & not "Chicken of the Woods"?
Because I can't imagine loose & frilly "Hen of the Woods" would withstand boiling, slicing, dredging, & frying (it's delicate & falls apart easily), wherein "Chicken of the Woods" (a COMPLETELY DIFFERENT funghi) is perfect for that sort of preparation.
I'm no expert but I'm pretty sure. This is what my "hen of the woods" look like:
I have no problem taking a whole mushroom (or cutting in half if extra big) and putting it in a pot of boiling water. I get my hen of the woods from my own yard and have been doing this for a number of years now.
This is what chicken of the woods looks like:
I'm not sure I have ever even seen this mushroom in the wild and have certainly not tried to cook it.
Here's a fun one: chop up some onion, shallot, garlic, and some o that sexy mushroom. Saute in butter. clean up a 6oz chicken breast and slit from the keel bone side, deep and perfectly even; the goal is the leave about 3/4 in of tissue connecting all the way around the inside and make a giant pocket. Take your sauteed mushroom mix (duxelle), put inside the chx breast, maybe with some bread crumbs, thyme, mozzarella, whatever. Dredge your stuffed chicken breast in flour. Beat an egg and a splash of water; dip your stuffed breast in the egg wash. Now roll in some seasoned panko or cornmeal or dry tempura or whatever. Heat your oven to about 400 degrees, and get an oven safe small saute pan Hot. Give it a splash of oil Immediately before adding you chicken. Sear on each side for about 1-1.5 minutes, then toss in to oven to cook through. Should be about 8-10 min. Serve with watercress granny smith salad with strawberry balsamic vinaigrette and maybe some bearnaise? Or whatever.
I have a very similar predicament but i have 4 separate mushrooms (we call them ram's heads here in pennsylvania) and each one is around the 10 lb mark!!! My grandmother used to make a soup with them but I cannot find a recipe for a wild mushroom soup anywhere!
PS. I know of another one as well that makes the 4 i have look small. She's well hidden and i'm biding my time until i go back for her!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.