shiitake mushrooms: tips & recipe ideas


shiitakes

shiitakes growing on substrate in the "mush-room"e

shiitake mushrooms are the essence of that rich, earthy umami flavor we all love in a mushroom. remove the stems & cook with the caps (but reserve the stems to help build flavor in soup stocks or gravies!). these mushrooms serve as a great meat substitute, and are anti-inflammatory, high in fiber, low in calories, and contain several minerals and B vitamins that are essential to our bodies. we prefer them in:

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soups and stews: sauté mushrooms in a bit of water or wine until reduced, and use it as the base of any soup

pasta dishes: sauté and add to basic red sauce recipe, or in a creamy white sauce pasta dish with spring veggies like asparagus or peas

stuffed: fill large caps with bread crumbs, parsley, garlic, and goat cheese and bake in the oven

steam or stir-fry: with braising greens or bok choi, garlic & ginger, and serve as a warm salad

stuffing or gravy: the best thanksgiving flavors! add chopped shiitakes to stuffing & bake, & use the stems to build flavor in gravy base

risotto: combine with other mushrooms (oysters, buttons, etc.) to build a creamy rice dish topped with parmesan