And once again a recipe emerges from ingredients in the “use it or lose it” stage. This time it was shiitake mushrooms. As a general rule I’m not particularly fond of mushrooms, but I like shiitakes well enough. These ones I bought a while ago and told myself I absolutely had to use them. So what is the one sure-fire way to make something taste great? Frying! And thus the decision to make fried shiitake mushrooms
1 bunch of shiitake mushrooms, washed with stems removed
1/4 cup cold water
1/4 cup flour
pinch of salt
oil for frying
Mix the egg, water, flour, and salt together to make a really smooth batter. Heat a solid amount of oil, maybe a half inch, in a frying pan. Drop a little of the batter in it, and once little bubbles form along the edge of it, it’s ready. Toss the mushrooms in the batter. Make sure to coat them evenly as possible, and put them in the hot oil. Flip over once the bottom side begins to brown. Remove and place on a paper-towel lined plate. Serve hot with sweet chili sauce.
The result – awesome of course! There is basically no way to screw up this recipe and almost no way to make it taste anything less than totally delicious. I served it with a beer, this time a Belgian wit-style ale, but it was a little too light, probably because it’s winter. Song of the week: Defying Gravity from Wicked. It’s been making me feel so much better about my life over the past few days. And every time I hear the line “and if I’m flying solo, at least I’m flying free” I’m all like Yes! That! So listen, and be filled with warm fuzzy feelings of inspiration and self-acceptance.