Shiitake mushrooms $2/lb... what's a girl to do?
Yep, I gave in. Can you blame me? I have a couple of pounds and there are more where these came from.
Can you help me with your favorite ways to enjoy shiitake mushrooms? (I'm not so great with meat but can make it happen with ample coaching.)
Thanks in advance!!!
Make cream of mushroom soup. Saute mushrooms, garlic and onions. Add reconstituted porcini mushrooms and their liquid after being strained (I find porcini essential). Add chicken stock and simmer about 30 minutes. Add whipping cream and then puree. Do the S&P stuff of course. Please do not add flour as I hate with a passion what flour does to soups and sauces.
I once made it for my SIL and her kids. One of her kids, who hates (hated?) mushrooms had 4 bowls of the stuff.
Dry them, and powderize them in the blender, then add to all sorts of things, like to meat that's going on the grill! I do with with porcinis and love it.
Lucky you! Mushrooms freeze very well - raw, steamed, sauteed, etc. I freeze shiitakes all the time and with excellent results.
You might try a web search for "freezing + mushrooms". I believe there are lots of sites with suggestions for preparation (tray pack, dry pack, par boiling, etc.) and recommended storage times.
Braised Shiitake and onions. Great recipe from one of my Korean cookbooks. It's not spicy, just slightly sweet and very rich and succulent tasting. Boil 1.5 c of water with 1T of soy sauce, 1T sesame oil, 2 t maple syrup, add 10-15 shiitake (caps only and cut in half), and 1/2 diced onion and 5 crushed cloves of garlic. Reduce heat and simmer until everything melds together and liquid has reduced to a rich sauce. Garnish with sesame seeds and green onion.