Saturday, January 31, 2004

Roasted Shiitake Mushrooms with Garlic

(Originally posted on Saturday, January 31, 2004 by Tim)

We are way behind on getting new recipes up here. I blame Sam. He spent most of yesterday typing in his Haiku. I don't think it took him that long to compose, but the keys are a little small for him to hit individually with his paws.

Last night we had our friends Natalie and Bruce over for dinner and made three very good courses which have yet to make it here. We started off with the shiitake mushroom appetizer mentioned in the title. This one comes from "Passionate Vegetarian" as most of our new recipes have. We have made this appetizer three times now and it's a very simple, very delicious recipe.

Roasted Shiitake Mushrooms with Garlic
1/2 lb shiitake mushrooms (washed and stems removed)
1 tbs olive oil
1/2 tbs crushed garlic
1/2 tsp salt (medium gain sea salt is nice, but not critical)

1. Spray a baking sheet with Pam. Preheat the oven to 400 F.

2. Mix garlic, oil and salt. Toss mushrooms in mixture until they are well coated.

3. Place the mushrooms on the baking sheet and bake in the oven for roughly 10 minutes. Flip mushrooms and bake another 10 minutes. Time isn't really important here. Bake the mushrooms until they start looking a bit crispy and golden on the undersides.

Serve these hot or cold. When picking out the mushrooms, try to get smaller ones. These tend to get a bit crispier in the oven which adds to the flavor.

1/2 lb is about 16 mushroom caps. Scale this recipe up if you have a big party or if you just want to eat a bunch of mushrooms.

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